Since his first solo piano recital at the age of 16, he has delighted audiences in the United States and Europe with his virtuosity and characteristically deep musical insight into repertoire reaching from Johann Sebastian Bach to the composers of our day. He has been awarded prizes at international piano competitions in the United States and Europe. In 2011, he was 1st Prizewinner of the Jackie McGehee Young Artists Concerto Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico and gave his orchestra debut with the newly-formed New Mexico Philharmonic playing Totentanz bei Franz Liszt. Other competition awards include the Euregio Competition in Geilenkirchen, Germany, San Donà di Piave in Venice, Italy and the Olga Kern Competition in Albuquerque. In February 2017, he was awarded a grand piano at the Competition of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe in Rostock, Germany. The brand-new Yamaha C3X piano was delivered to his home free of charge for one year, after which time the generous support of numerous sponsors enabled him to purchase the instrument.
New Music and Art Song
Joshua Rupley is quickly establishing a reputation especially as a champion of the music of the 20th and 21st Century, performing much of the music of Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Hanns Eisler, Bernhard Heiden, Alexander Scriabin, Béla Bartók, Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, and John Corigliano, to name a few. He has also collaborated with many living composers, including András Hamary, Henrik Ajax, Michael Colgrass, Rory Boyle and Michael Mauldin.
Biography and Musical Training
Born in Albuquerque in 1993, Joshua Rupley took his first music lessons at the age of 11. He quickly began to discover his passion for all music, but especially that of the orchestra and the piano. Although interested in many different subjects in the sciences and humanities, he felt himself compelled by the love of music to pursue a career as a pianist and conductor. He conducted his first orchestra concert at the age of 15 with one of his own compositions, Rhapsody in F minor – an important experience, one which inspired him to become a professional musician. His conducting lessons with Gabriel Gordon were some of the key moments in his musical development, challenging him to dig deeply into great works of the orchestral literature and recognize the difference between well-calculated and truly inspired playing. He conducted the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque from 2009 to 2013. In 2010, he entered the piano studio of Prof. Falko Steinbach at the University of New Mexico. During this time he won several honorable mentions at regional competitions.
In 2018, he began a double master’s degree in solo piano performance under Silke-Thora Matthies and German Lieder Interpretation under Gerold Huber. Joshua Rupley currently lives and teaches in Friedberg/Bavaria, Germany with his wife Aline.