JOSHUA RUPLEYCLASSICAL PIANIST
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Excellence in Pianism
Hi, I’m Joshua Rupley – a Classically-trained concert pianist from Albuquerque, USA. Music has been my daily bread from the very beginning, and I have devoted my life to giving the most beautiful and memorable piano performances I can.
But don’t just take my word for it – listen to what audiences and critics have to say. I have listed some reactions below. I am honored to see people moved by my music all over Europe and the USA.
An extremely interesting and brilliant pianist!Dr. Dorian Leljak
He is a sensitive, thoughtful and passionate musician with a commanding stage presence and a unique, individual artistic voice. His interpretations have a depth and maturity that is rarely heard in musicians at his young age.Olga Kern
Joshua Rupley’s playing is characterized by his great expressive capabilities, naturalness and a lofty sense of sound, making every one of his public performances a fascinating moment for the audience.Silke-Thora Matthies
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LIVE PIANO MUSIC
I love connecting with my audience and infecting them with my own enthusiasm for the music I play! I regularly get feedback after concerts that my talks make music accessible to listeners who never understood it till then. Especially the music of the turbulent 20th Century is a personal favorite of mine, and it is a genre which often has a bad reputation … until someone explains it and opens up that world to you!
The power of live music
The industrial revolution changed our world forever. People rushed to purchase factory-made products that were cheaper and had a more consistant quality. A machine-made piece of jewelry looks great every time and is comparably affordable. But nowadays, the concept of luxury is being redifined: handmade products and services feel more personal than the mass-produced things everyone else is wearing.
It’s the same with music in the Information Age: all of us have instant access to multiple flawless recordings of almost every piece of music, all just a click away.
So why live music? MP3s are convenient, portable, reproducible, and cleaner than any live performance could ever be. They are mass-produced, perfected, artificial. And a bit sterile.
Machine-made jewelry became popular for certain good reasons, but now there is a revived market for artisan craftsmanship. A handmade pair of earrings is one-of-a-kind and has a story. And a concert with a live musician can only be experienced once. It’s an up-close encounter with the artist, the art, and the other listeners. That is 21st-Century luxury.
I am proudly many-faceted and diverse in my approach to music. Music doesn’t exist in a vacuum: it is born within a historical, political, social, religious and personal context. When I moderate a concert, I touch on all these aspects to immerse my audience in the composer’s world. What makes this music unique? Why did it cause such a stir back then? What frame of reference do we have today, and what should I listen for in the music?
I don’t sacrifice the quality of the music for entertainment, and I will never put on a show that distracts from the music. My highest priority is to put the music in focus, letting it speak for itself. The pieces I choose for my recital programs are so exciting – my job is to discover the thrill in the music, not create a circus act to compensate for my own lack of creativity.