It ended with several minutes of thunderous applause. [Joshua Rupley’s] playing was melodious, soft and empathetic, always masterful and brilliant. This moving concert … could have taken place in every other concert hall in the world!
Kölnische Rundschau

August 1st, 2013

Audiences and critics alike are regularly fascinated by American pianist Joshua Rupley’s unbridled passion, dramatic energy, on-stage charisma, intelligent playing and moving, poetic eloquence at the piano. He has been called “a musical overachiever” (Kölnische Rundschau, Germany) and “a wonderful, highly intelligent musician with the highest musical and pianistic abilities – an extremely interesting and brilliant pianist” (Dr. Dorian Leljak, President, World Piano Teachers Association). Others have described his playing as “at times as mighty as a cathedral organ, at times balsam for the soul and the ears” (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Germany).


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.

Critics praise his sensitivity in collaborative settings and his natural affinity to vocal music. One review declares, “His pianism, characterized by powerful expressive capability, genuineness and highly developed sensitivity for sound, makes every one of his public performances a fascinating moment for the listeners. It is no surprise, then, that Mr. Rupley is now so highly in demand as a chamber musician and art song pianist.” Joshua Rupley frequently performs German Lieder in many of the great concert halls of central Europe. He has performed in pompous and historic venues such as the Great Hall of the New World Opera House in Zwickau, the imperial Max-Littmann-Saal of Bad Kissingen, the Reichssaal of Regensburg, the Toskanasaal in the Würzburg Residenz (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and many others. His Lied trio, together with singers Anna-Lena Müller and Lena Elisabeth Vogler, is on the roster of the young artist engagement program “Live Music Now” of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. At a recent performance in Butzbach, one critic raved, “And the music? A dream! The two singers incredibly confident, Rupley very expressive, never sacrificing the expression but always leaving room for the voices to be clearly understood” (Butzbacher Zeitung).

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 2013, he moved to Würzburg, Germany and entered the Würzburg University of Music. There he studied piano with Inge Rosar and Silke-Thora Matthies and was coached in chamber music by Denise Benda, in art song by Gerold Huber and in contemporary piano music by András Hamary and Armin Fuchs. He also participated in masterclasses with Emanuele Arciuli, John Milbauer, Bianca Oglice, Markus Schirmer, Ana Mirabela Dina, Andrzej Jasinski and others. In 2017, he released his first CD, YOURS, as a project benefiting African students of the Jeremia-Werk. The music was completely improvised.

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.

Concerts and Events
Joshua Rupley is specialized in giving solo piano recitals, Lied recitals and playing with orchestra in the Classical style as well as improvising (for examples of improvisation, please see the “Encounters” playlist on YouTube. If you are interested in inviting him to perform in a concert series or as special music at your event, please use the contact form. We usually answer within 24 hours.
To obtain physical copies of the CD “YOURS”, please use the order form on the Jeremia-Werk online shop. Alternately the record can be downloaded on iTunes/Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon mp3 as well as streamed on Spotify, Deezer, and YouTube.
Piano Lessons
Joshua Rupley teaches piano in Friedberg/Bayern between Augsburg and Munich. For consultation and a free trial lesson, please use the contact form.