Cited by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as a “local prodigy,” American born pianist Joseph Irrera has concertized throughout the United States and Europe with appearances at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the Moulin d’Ande International Music Festival in France. At the age of 18 he made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Additional concerto performances include appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Penfield Symphony, and the Genesee Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors Christopher Seaman, Leonard Slatkin, Delta David Gier, and Raffaele Ponti. Internationally he has performed throughout Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, France, and Costa Rica.
In addition to his solo piano concert engagements, Joseph is also very active appearing with his brother, violinist John. As an internationally acclaimed piano and violin duo, the Irrera Brothers have toured throughout the United States and abroad. In 2012 they released their first album and have also recently made their third concert appearance in Carnegie Hall. The Irrera Brothers are on the artist roster of New York City management firm, Parker Artists.
Joseph is laureate of many national and international piano competitions including the Guthman International Piano Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, the Young Artists International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C., The Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition, and the American Protégé International Piano Competition in New York City.
His principal teachers include Alla Kuznetsov, Alexander Shtarkman, and Barry Snyder. Joseph has also received additional training from renowned pedagogues Natalya Antonova, Martin Canin, Philip Kawin, Lev Natochenny, Marina Lomazov, Irina Edelstein, Victor Rosenbaum, and concert pianist Jon Nakamatsu.
In 2000 Joseph graduated from the Eastman School of Music’s Community Education Division with Honors in Piano. Joseph then remained at the Eastman School earning his Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction in 2005. Upon completing his degrees at Eastman, Joseph studied at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University earning his Masters Degree in Piano Performance in 2007. Most recently in 2014 Joseph completed the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music in Piano Performance and Literature with a minor in Pedagogy.
Joseph is a Steinway Artist.