A passionate and versatile young pianist, Joseph Yungen has had tremendous success as a solo performer, collaborative artist, new music advocate, and teacher. A highly flexible and intellectually curious musician, Joseph’s eclectic musical specialties and interests encompass a broad spectrum of repertoire and styles. He welcomes challenging performance opportunities as a soloist and chamber musician, and is frequently in demand as a performer of art song, chamber music, and new music.
In addition to his active performance schedule, Joseph is a founding member of the faculty and administration of the New Jersey Young Artist Piano Competition, an educational seminar for advanced young pianists. His master classes and teaching appearances have consistently been met with acclaim, both at home in the United States and abroad. He currently teaches Secondary Piano and Keyboard Sight-Reading at The Juilliard School.
Past achievements include winning the Ann Fehn pianist’s First Prize in the 14th Annual Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, completing the Collaborative Piano program at Music Academy of the West, and winning First Prize in the 88th Annual Schubert Club Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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.”
Joseph is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jonathan Feldman. He holds Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance & Literature and Accompanying & Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jean Barr and Douglas Humpherys. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance at Southern Oregon University under the instruction of Alexander Tutunov.