Joshua Hillmann, an American pianist born in St. Louis, Missouri, has entertained audiences for years as both a solo and collaborative artist with his energetic and colorful musical interpretations and outstanding technical ability. He began his studies at the age of 12 and within a year and a half was awarded First Place in his first local piano competition.
He is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance on scholarship at Arizona State University, studying with Dr. Baruch Meir. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance a tthe University of Kansas, studying with Dr. Jack Winerock, and gave solo and ensemble recitals as well as participated in multiple honor recitals during his career there. His earlier musical training came from the St. Louis Symphony Music School, studying with internationally known teacher Jane Allen. He was awarded 1st Place in October 2006 at the 1st WPPC PIANOvision Most Wanted Piano Competition: Etude Invitational, was an Alternate Winner of Arizona State University's Concert of Soloists Piano Concerto Competition in 2005, was Winner of the 2003 Kansas City Musical Club Collegiate Piano Competition, was awarded 1st Place in the Kansas Music Teacher's Association Collegiate Piano Competition in 2002, and Runner Up in 2001. He has also performed in masterclasses with Anne Schein, Hugh Sung, Philip Kawin and Arbo Valdma among others.
He has performed solo recitals in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Phoenix, and has performed the Mozart Piano Concerto in A Major K. 488 with the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra, played piano for the KU production of Orff's Carmina Burana, and Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto with the Arizona State University Sinfonietta.
A member of the Music Teacher's National Association, Joshua has been teaching private and group piano for several years and currently teaches class piano at Arizona State University as a graduate teaching assistant.
An experienced studio musician and recording engineer, he has worked with BMI registered artist Mr. Walter, providing background piano and vocal tracks for recording projects as well as being in charge of audio editing and instrumental in mixing audio as well.
He has also been a member and/or director of several recording and touring vocal ensembles including His Presence (a high-school a cappella group that recorded 2 CD's and toured continental United States and Canada); he was a member of KU Jazz Singers and Chamber Choir; he was Music Director, bass singer and recording engineer/producer of the student a cappella group Genuine Imitation from the University of Kansas; he was a bass singer in the Kansas City Chorale and the ASU vocal jazz octet "Herberger Singers." He is currently a bass singer in the Phoenix Bach Choir, the ASU Chamber Singers and is also a bass soloist at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix.
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