Joshua Pierce

Title: International Concert Pianist & Recording Artist
Company: MSR Music LLC
Location: New York, New York, United States

Joshua Pierce, International Concert Pianist and Recording Artist with MSR Music LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in piano performance.

For nearly 50 years, Mr. Pierce has found success as an award-winning international concert pianist and recording artist with MSR Music LLC. Having garnered global recognition and critical acclaim for his many musical performances, he has recorded more than 265 musical works across over 68 discs for labels that include Carlton Classics, EMI Classics, BBC Recordings, Virgin Classics, Sony Classical and Koch International, to name only a few. Born in New York City, Mr. Pierce began his musical career in the early 1960s, at which time he performed for Samuel Chotzinoff, who had been the head of the music department at NBC.

Mr. Pierce subsequently pursued a formal education in the pre-college division at the Juilliard School, at which he had been presented with the Heckscher Foundation Award for five consecutive years. He would later refine his skills at Dartmouth College, where he received a full scholarship to attend the Congregation of the Arts Summer Music Festival in 1964, as well as the Cleveland Institute, the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. During this time, Mr. Pierce participated in a number of masterclasses, accepted the prestigious Victor Babin Award and was recruited as the pianist for vocal art classes led by the former star of the New York Metropolitan Opera, Eleanor Steber.

A prolific concert player, Mr. Pierce has proudly performed in venues across North and South America, Asia and Europe, including as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Knitting Factory, The Amherst International Music Festival, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Ulsan Cultural Centre in South Korea, among others. He has also recorded alongside The Russian State Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia of London, Chicago Sinfonietta, The Czech National Symphony and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, Mr. Pierce gave the first performance in Eastern Europe of the complete and restored “Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue” in an all-Gershwin performance at the Reduta, which was later televised in nearly 20 counties.

Mr. Pierce has notably been associated with innovative composer John Cage for more than 30 years, having introduced Cage’s work to Eastern Europe at the turn of the new millennium. He has also appeared on various television programs, such as the “ARTE” program on French and German television and MBC in Seoul, South Korea. A member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Mr. Pierce served on the board of the International Fulbright Commission for four years and has been appointed as the president of the board of directors for the American Festival of Microtonal Music (AFMM).

Lauded by Classical Net Magazine for possessing “an arsenal of pianistic talents that can astonish the ear and instruct the mind,” Mr. Pierce has been nominated for Grammy Awards over the years, and was bestowed with the Diapason Award, the Fono Forum Award, the German Music Critics Award and Citations of Excellence from such publications as Downbeat Magazine, CD Review, Billboard, Keyboard Magazine, Heavy Metal, and the New Yorker. Likewise, he has received multiple Research Award Grants from PSC-CUNY and Grants from the Aaron Copland Fund For Music. Moreover, Mr. Pierce has been listed among Who’s Who in America and was honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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