About Joshua Rupley
Audiences and critics alike are regularly
fascinated by Albuquerque native 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” (Kölner 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 in international piano competitions at home and abroad: he was 1st Prizewinner of the 2011 Jackie McGehee Young Artists Concerto Competition and gave his orchestra debut with the newly-formed New Mexico Philharmonic at their very first concert in the KiMo Theatre on May 27th 2011, playing Totentanz bei Franz Liszt. Other competition awards include the Euregio Competition in Geilenkirchen, Germany (Diploma), San Donà di Piave in Venice, Italy (Diploma) and the Olga Kern Competition in Albuquerque (4th Prize). In February 2017, he won the prize of 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 in Würzburg free of charge for one year.
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, Alexander Scriabin, Béla Bartók, Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux, Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio, 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, make 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 in many of the great concert halls of central Europe with singers including Yoshie Kaneyasu, Elias Wolf and Rebecca Suta. 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).
Born in Albuquerque in 1993, Joshua Rupley took his first piano lessons from Lisa Francis and Michael Mauldin. 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 including foreign language, literature, live theatre, theology, classical antiquity and even politics, he felt himself compelled by the love of music to pursue a career as a pianist and conductor. Much inspiration came from his collaboration with Charles McDaniel and the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque, who recognized potential in him and invited him to conduct numerous orchestra concerts from 2009 to 2013. His conducting lessons with Gabriel Gordon (former Music Director, Albuquerque Youth Symphony) 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. In 2010, he entered the piano studio of Prof. Falko Steinbach at the University of New Mexico.
In 2013, he moved to Würzburg, Germany and entered the Würzburg University of Music. There he studies piano with Inge Rosar and Silke-Thora Matthies. He is 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 has also participated in masterclasses with Emanuele Arciuli, John Milbauer, Bianca Oglice, Markus Schirmer, Andrzej Jasinski and others.