Joseph Gallwas, 15-year-old pianist, is a freshman at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. Joseph studies with Jeffrey Panko and Mary Sauer, former principal pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At age 9, Joseph made his debut at Carnegie Hall as the first-place winner of American Protégé Piano duet with his twin brother Kenneth. Joseph made his orchestral debut at age 12 performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E-minor with Chicago Arts Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Kulenovic, and his performance was featured on radio station WFMT’s “Introductions”. Joseph’s awards include Walgreen Concerto Competition, SeJong Music Competition, Minnesota Concerto Competition and most recently Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition 2022 for honorable mention. In early 2022, Joseph performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A-minor with the Chicago Arts Orchestra with conductor Conner Gray Covington. In summer of 2022, Joseph attended Todi International Music Masters Festival in Italy, where he received multiple lessons from Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Eduardo Delgado and Andreas Froelich. During the festival, Joseph performed the first movement of Shostakovich’s piano concerto No.2 Opus 102 with TIMM ensemble Orchestra conducted by Francesco D’Ovidio. Joseph also plays violin proficiently in the school orchestra. Outside of music, Joseph enjoys playing ice hockey as a starter defenseman and working as a level 2 USA hockey official, and loves reading and playing video games.
You can find Joseph’s 2023 Classical Music Competition piano performance here.