Josh Pielemeier

A celebrated pianist, teacher, composer, and organist located in the Tempe area, Joshua Pielemeier began his piano studies in Everett, Washington, where he excelled rapidly in local competitions, festivals, and various performances. He was a consecutive first-place winner for five years of the Snohomish County Music Teachers’ MTNA chapter competition for his grade level. In 10th grade, Joshua was a first place winner for the Washington State Young Composers’ Project for his original piano piece, “The
Silver Soldier.”

He went on to make his orchestral debut the following year, playing Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto in A Major K. 488 with orchestras in Bellingham and Everett, Washington, and the following year was a winner of the Seattle Young Artists’ Music Festival, as a result performing the first movement of Edward MacDowell’s 2nd Piano Concerto in D minor with the Philharmonia Northwest.

Joshua went on to study piano performance at the prestigious Eastman School of Music under Dr. Douglas Humphreys. A few years later, his family moved from Washington State to Arizona, upon whence he took a sabbatical away from school. Excelling as a freelance musician in the local Tucson area as a church musician, instrumental accompanist, and keyboardist for musical productions, Joshua then completed his degree with honors at Arizona State University, and is currently finishing his Master’s of Music in Collaborative Piano at the same institution under Dr. Miki Aoki and Dr. Andrew Campbell. Previous teachers have included Judy Baker, John Milbauer, Tanis Gibson, Robert Hamilton, Marissa Ramos, and Gerardo Teissonnière.

Joshua’s musical interests lie in the art of collaboration, chamber music, improvisation, the spiritual and emotional components of music, and investing in innovative and quality music education. He has been teaching piano since 2004. Outside of music, Joshua loves taking walks, reading, his kitty Kira, and baseball!