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An accomplished and versatile young pianist, Joseph Yungen has had tremendous success as a solo performer, collaborative artist, and advocate of new music.
Joseph’s most recent activities include winning the Ann Fehn pianist’s First prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, and completing the Collaborative Piano program at Music Academy of the West. In 2011, Joseph was awarded First Prize in the 88th Annual Schubert Club Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. That same year, he was among five pianists selected for an internship at Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, Joseph competed as a finalist in the First Seattle International Piano Competition, where he received prizes for “Audience Favorite” and “Best Performance of a Piece by Karol Szymanowski.”
A highly flexible and intellectually curious musician, Joseph’s eclectic musical specialties and interests encompass a broad spectrum of genres and repertoire. His performances have featured diverse programs ranging from solo piano works of Alkan, Scriabin, and Schoenberg to chamber works of Ives, Stockhausen and Lindberg. He welcomes challenging performance opportunities as a soloist and chamber musician, and is often sought after as a performer of new music. Joseph most recently was featured as soloist in Hans Abrahamsen’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra at the Eastman School of Music, where he was heavily involved with the new music ensembles Musica Nova, Ossia, and Rest is Noise. Other musical experiences include playing for choirs, churches, jazz ensembles, musical theater, opera, orchestra, and rock bands.
Joseph is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School in New York City, studying with Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett. He holds Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance & Literature and Accompanying & Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Douglas Humpherys and Jean Barr. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at Southern Oregon University under the instruction of Alexander Tutunov.