First Prize Winner of the both the American Liszt Society’s 2017 Franz Liszt Festival and International Piano Competition and the Monroe Symphony League’s 2018 Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, American pianist Joseph Kingma is known equally for his poetic approach to music and his all-encompassing technique. An active performer, Joseph often appears as a guest artist with orchestras, on concert series, and in masterclass engagements throughout the country. He has also won prizes and awards in numerous international competitions, including the 2015 Cincinnati World Competition, the 2012 Sorantin International Young Artist Competition, the 2011 Brevard Music Festival Concerto Competition, and the 2010 Brevard Music Festival Piano Competition.
Recent and engagements include Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Illinois Valley Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Spring Hill Symphony; masterclasses at the Steinway Gallery of Nashville, University of North Alabama, and William Carey University; and solo recitals at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Union University, among others. Joseph has also collaborated with many notable musicians, including Ken Lam, Jessica Mathaes, the Cordova Quartet, Kate Rawls, Lucia Matos, and Rebecca Vendemo.
Dr. Kingma earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Anton Nel. Previously, he earned his BM and MM from Rice University, where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Roux. Former teachers include John Mortensen, Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev.
Dr. Kingma is the Assistant Professor of Piano at Louisiana College where he teaches piano and piano-related courses. He currently resides in Alexandria, LA, with his wife (Rebecca), daughter (Eliana), and dog (Spunky).