Cited by the New York Concert Review as providing a “riveting and dynamic performance” at their most recent concert in Carnegie Hall, the critically acclaimed Irrera Brothers Duo has captivated audiences throughout the United States and abroad. The brothers enjoy an active performing schedule each season having also performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Spivey Hall, the Eastman Theatre, and internationally throughout Europe and Central America.
The Irrera Brothers have released CD recordings including “Beethoven & Prokofiev” (2012), an album of violin and piano sonatas and “Vitali” (2014), which includes the work entitled “Bow Shock”, written for them and premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2013. The duo’s most recent album featuring the complete works for violin and piano by Robert Morris, Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music, was released in June 2019 on the Centaur Record label. Included on the album is “Drawn Onward- Fantasy for Violin and Piano” composed for the Irrera Brothers in 2014, which has received rave reviews. Fanfare Magazine praised the Irrera’s as “…sensitive interpreters, bringing out motivic connections between the two parts and infusing the music with great humanity.”
In addition to their duo collaboration, Joseph and John are also celebrated soloists. Joseph, a Steinway Artist, 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. Joseph has appeared as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Penfield Symphony, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgia Symphony and has collaborated with conductors including Leonard Slatkin and Christopher Seaman. Most recently, Joseph recorded solo piano works of Scarlatti, Schumann, and Chopin which was released by Steinway & Sons.
John, praised by the Santa Barbara Daily Sound for his “moving” and “hypnotic” solo performances, has been winner of many national and international competitions, and has also appeared as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, the Penfield Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta, the Georgia Tech Chamber Orchestra, and at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference. John has collaborated with notable musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Nicholas McGegan, Peter Oundjian, and composer Tan Dun with the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble. Currently, John is Assistant Professor of Violin at Virginia Tech, and Associate Concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
As dedicated educators and teachers, Joseph and John have served as guest artists presenting performances, masterclasses, presentations, and lectures at numerous universities throughout the United States and abroad. They have also given workshops at the New York State Music Teachers Association Conference, the Georgia Music Teachers Association, and at the 2015 MTNA National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada where they also served on the jury for that year’s MTNA Competition National Finals. The Irrera Brothers are also frequently invited as guest collaborators and have performed with members of the Dallas Symphony, the Ying Quartet, the late Zvi Zeitlin, and have been featured soloists with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The brothers are graduates of the Eastman School of Music, where in May of 2014 they became the first siblings ever in the school’s history to graduate together, each with their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.