Described as “a performer of complex repertoire” (Isle of Wight Arts League Creative Voice), pianist Joseph Vaz has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician across North America and Europe. He has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna.

Born in Faro, Portugal, Joseph now lives in New York City and studies at the CUNY Graduate Center with the renowned pianist and pedagogue Julian Martin. He is a laureate of several national and international competitions, with recent appearances at the Pacific Stars International (2nd Prize), James Mottram International Piano Competition, and the Seattle International Piano Competition.

Joseph frequently performs at international festivals, including recent appearances at the Gilmore Piano Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, and Aspen Music Festival. Joseph has performed for several acclaimed artists and pedagogues, including Byron Janis, Gabriela Montero, Jerome Lowenthal, Jon Nakamatsu, and Ursula Oppens. His orchestral debut came with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in 2015, and he has also performed as soloist with Harmonia Orchestra Seattle, the Seven Hills Sinfonietta and other orchestral ensembles.

Joseph is an avid chamber musician and has performed with multiple orchestras and choirs for operas and concert programs. Joseph is a proponent of new music, working closely with several composers on pieces for world premieres. Interested in many genres of music-making, Joseph enjoys working in contemporary music ensembles, musical theatre, and popular music. Outside of music, Joseph holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in French from Indiana University, and loves reading modernist literature.









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