Oregonian pianist JOSEPH YUNGEN has had tremendous success as one of the most dynamic and unique musicians of his generation. Highly imaginative, versatile, and intellectually curious, Joseph is frequently in demand as a performer of chamber music, art song, and new music. He enjoys an active schedule as a performing pianist and instructor throughout the United States, and has performed and taught in China as guest artist on numerous occasions, most recently at the 2017 Xiamen University Chamber Music Festival.
Winner of the Audience Favorite Award in the 2008 Seattle International Piano Competition, Joseph was the recipient of First Prize in the 88th Annual Bruce P. Carlson Schubert Club Piano Competition in Minneapolis, the Ann Fehn Pianist’s First Prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, and the Barr Award for Excellence in Accompanying. He continued to broaden his horizons as a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Music Academy of the West in 2012.
As a much sought-after proponent of new music, Joseph has performed with Musica Nova (Brad Lubman, director), the New Juilliard Ensemble (Joel Sachs), and AXIOM (Jeffrey Milarsky). He was the featured soloist in the Hans Abrahamsen Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Musica Nova in 2013, with the composer in attendance.
In 2014, Joseph co-founded and taught master classes for the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition. He then went on to establish himself as full-time music faculty at Frostburg State University in 2016 while completing his doctoral dissertation, Music About Music: Musical Appropriation in the Instrumental Works of Richard Strauss.
Joseph studied with Jonathan Feldman as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School. He holds Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance & Literature and Accompanying & Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jean Barr and Douglas Humpherys. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at Southern Oregon University under the instruction of Alexander Tutunov.
Joseph has performed with Joe Burgstaller, Jonathan Carney, Charles Castleman, Ricardo Cyncynates, Steven Honigberg, Steven Mead, and David Taylor, among many others.
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