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Joshua Sawicki, pianist Classical Pianist from Denver, CO

Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 3 Reviews
  • 10 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2011
  • 3 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Starting at $150 per event

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Joshua Sawicki was born in New Britain, Connecticut, into a family of Polish, French, and Native American descent. He was raised in Unionville, Connecticut, where he began piano lessons at age 4. During high school he studied at the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music and won awards in various piano competitions, including the Musical Club of Hartford Piano Competition, Renee B. Fisher Piano Competition, Hartford Young Artists Concerto Competition, the Williams Chorale New England Young Artists Competition, the Audrey Thayer Piano Competition, and was the recipient of the Hartt School's Jeffrey Quinn Memorial Scholarship. Since then, Joshua has studied at the Royal College of Music (London, England), Boston University, University of South Florida, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua International Piano Festival, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York City) and has completed three degrees while studying under his major teachers: Rebecca Penneys, Steven Mayer, John O'Conor, Anthony di Bonaventura, and Svetozar Ivanov. Recent awards include 1st place in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, 1st place in the Lamont Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2nd place at the Artist Series of Sarasota piano competition, the Jacques Abrahms Piano Scholarship, 1st place in the USF Tampa Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, 1st place in the Stephen P. Brown concerto competition, 1st prize for the best performance of the commissioned competition piece ("Starlight," by David Liptak of the Eastman School of Music) in the 14th Chautauqua International Piano Competition. Joshua was a quarter-finalist in the Sixth Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition (Novi Sad, Serbia), a semi-finalist in the Maria Herrero International Piano Competition, and a finalist in the 15th Chautauqua International Piano Competition. Currently based in Denver, Colorado, Joshua can be seen regularly as orchestral pianist for the Colorado Symphony (highlights have included Bernstein's Fancy Free, Stravinsky's Petrushka, Firebird, Symphony in Three Movements, Shostakovich's Symphonies #1 and #5, and Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra), as a member of the new-music group The Playground Ensemble (recently ranked one of the top five chamber groups in the state), and as principal pianist of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent concerto appearances include d'Indy's "Symphony on a French Mountain Air" in Denver, Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto in Denver and in Grand Junction, Brahms' Second piano concerto in Tampa; Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's "Millennium Fantasy" with the Patel Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. Recent solo performances have been in Novi Sad, Serbia (Isidor Bajic Memorial), Paris, France (Association Philomuses), Manhattan (IKIF Piano Competition), Utrecht, Netherlands (Utrecht Conservatory), Cambridge, Massachusetts (Boston Ethical Society), Tampa, Florida (Clarion Society, Rutenberg Chamber Festival), and Aspen Colorado (Spotlight Series) and Denver (Playground New Music Ensemble, Newman Center for the Performing Arts), and a world premiere video recording of Geoff Sheil's "Newport" (2012). Recently Joshua has appeared in recital with Silver Ainomae (Colorado Symphony principal cellist) and Brook Ferguson (CSO principal flutist) and on Colorado Public Radio. In 2014 he appeared in a series of Museum of Contemporary Art events where he performed with Mark Mothersbaugh (co-founder and lead singer of DEVO/composer of Wes Anderson film scores). Besides performing, Joshua is an avid teacher. Currently, besides teaching privately in Denver, he is an adjunct professor of piano at the Community College of Denver, affiliate faculty (and piano department coordinator) at Regis University, and is the owner and director of Colorado Music Quest, a music school in Aurora with over 100 students.


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Avg 5.0 | 3 Reviews


Review by Jean Y.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on December 28, 2017From Estes Park, CO

Joshua was FANTASTIC! I hired him to play classical piano during my reception dinner for 2 1/2 hours. My father is big classical music buff, so we were looking for someone who was specifically a classical pianist and really knows their stuff. My father requested he play Beethoven's Opus 81A, a piece which Joshua had to learn for my wedding. As well as playing my request (Claire De Lune) and he played them both beautifully! My father was very happy, and I teared up during both songs. Joshua was absolutely wonderful, I would recommend him to anyone looking for a classical pianist. Joshua really made my wedding reception extra special and all of my guests agreed!

Review by Erin M.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on June 11, 2014From Denver, CO

Joshua played at our Catholic wedding and everything went very smoothly. I sent Joshua music to be played and he executed. He even found a couple pieces I had trouble finding. Joshua was able to accompany a friend who flew in to sing with only one short practice following our rehearsal. Joshua was flexible, professional, and very accommodating. I received several compliments from guests and many people asked where I found him. I would highly recommend Joshua to anyone looking for a pianist and want to add how wonderful it was to have someone willing to work with a musician he had not yet met.

Review by Flo M.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on December 5, 2013From Littleton, CO

When I looked at Joshua resume' I figured he had to be a good performer, and I was not wrong, we hired Joshua with only 2 weeks notice for our sons wedding and ask him to play 5 songs along side a guitarist, I provided the music and the guitarist phone number, they worked out the rest of the details, his performance was amazing, we could not of been happier, I highly recommend Joshua for any type of occasion you might have.

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  • Preludes and Fugues (selections) | J.S. Bach
  • Sonata in C major K309 | Mozart
  • Sonata in C major K330 | Mozart
  • Sonata in C minor K457 | Mozart
  • Sonata in B minor hob. XVI #32 | Haydn
  • Partita #1 in B flat major | J.S. Bach
  • French Suite #6 in E major | J.S. Bach
  • Inventions, Sinfonias (selections) | J.S. Bach
  • Sonata op. 10 #2 in F major | Beethoven
  • Sonata op. 13 in C minor "Pathetique" | Beethoven
  • Sonata op. 22 in B flat major | Beethoven
  • Sonata op. 28 in D major "Pastorale" | Beethoven
  • Sonata op. 101 in A major | Beethoven
  • Sonata #7 in E flat major | Schubert
  • Ballade #1 in G minor | Chopin
  • Ballade #2 in F major | Chopin
  • Polonaise op. 40 #1 "Military" in A major | Chopin
  • Preludes, op. 38 (selections; "Raindrop") | Chopin
  • Etudes, op. 10 (C sharp minor; Black Key; Revolutionary) | Chopin
  • Etudes, op. 25 (Octaves; Ocean) | Chopin
  • Impromptus 1-4 | Chopin
  • Abegg Variations, op. 1 | Schumann
  • Symphonic Variations | Schumann
  • Romance op. 28 #2 | Schumann
  • Novelletten (complete) | Schumann
  • Jeux Deau | Ravel
  • Menuet on the name of Haydn | Ravel
  • Preludes, volume 1 | Debussy
  • Suite Bergamasque (Claire du Lune) | Debussy
  • Images Oubliees | Debussy
  • Lyric Pieces op. 62 | Grieg
  • Prelude in C sharp minor | Rachmaninoff
  • Etude op. 33 #7 in E flat major | Rachmaninoff
  • Etude op. 39 #5 in E flat minor | Rachmaninoff
  • Variations on a Hungarian Lied | Brahms
  • Sonata #3 in A minor | Prokofiev
  • Sonata #7 in B flat major | Prokofiev
  • Visions Fugitives (selections) | Prokofiev
  • Nocturne op. 33 | Barber
  • Danzas Argentinas | Ginastera
  • Etudes and Traces (selections) | Augusta Read Thomas
  • ------Chamber Music------
  • Piano Trio op. 1 #2 in G major | Beethoven
  • Piano Trio op. 70 #1 "Ghost" | Beethoven
  • Fantasy in F minor for 4 hands | Schubert
  • Piano Trio #2 in E flat major | Schubert
  • Horn Trio op. 40 | Brahms
  • Piano Trio in G minor | Alkan
  • Piano Trio in D minor op. 32 | Arensky
  • Piano Quintet in A major | Dvorak
  • Sextet for piano and winds | Poulenc
  • Sonata for 2 pianos | Poulenc
  • Hoe-down (from Rodeo) for 4 hands | Copland
  • Piano Trio #3 | Roslavets
  • Piano Trio | Ives
  • Quartet for the End of Time | Messiaen

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Past Events

October 9, 2021 • Wedding
Sat11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Denver, CO
September 25, 2021 • Private Party
Sat6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Denver, CO
February 8, 2020 • Sorority Function
Sat12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Boulder, CO
December 1, 2019 • Church Service
Sun9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Englewood, CO
December 6, 2017 • Wedding Reception
Wed5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Estes Park, CO
August 7, 2014 • Wedding Ceremony
Thu3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Golden, CO
June 7, 2014 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Denver, CO
November 23, 2013 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Littleton, CO
May 2, 2013 • Memorial Service
Thu1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Boulder, CO
June 16, 2012 • Wedding Cocktail Hour
Sat6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Denver, CO
June 16, 2012 • The Manor House
Sat5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Littleton, CO

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