Pianist Joseph Satava has a diverse repertoire with performances spanning the standard solo literature, chamber music, and works just composed.
Dr. Satava has collaborated with orchestras and conductors and performed at festivals across Europe, Canada and the U.S. His performances have included appearances with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Millennium Orchestra, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, and at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Steinway Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, the Music Academy of the West, The Kosciuszko Foundation, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., the American Conservatory of Fontainbleau, France, Iglesia San Felix de Candás, The Banff Centre, and the International Piano Festival in Gijon, Spain. Dr. Satava has appeared in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Focus! Festival for Contemporary Music and at Merkin Hall in New York City. In Baltimore, he has appeared as a frequent collaborator with the artists of Baltimore Musicales. He has performed with the New Prism Ensemble, culminating in a recording of works by Robert Baker, the album Sharp Edges. His playing is featured on the Navona label, in solo and chamber works by composer Keith Kramer. Notable recent regional performances include a recital tour featuring works of Franck, Duparc and Faure with tenor Joseph Regan, the piano obligati in Ola Gielo’s Luminous Night of the Soul and Dark Night of the Soul with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at York College, Pennsylvania.
In 2011, he received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Classical Music Solo Performance, and was named a finalist in The American Prize for Piano. He has taken prizes in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the Miecyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Peggy and Yale Gordon Piano competition, and was named a Promising Young Artist by the National Society of Arts and Letters.
Dr. Satava is a committed teacher. In the spring of 2013, Dr. Satava was appointed Distinguished Artist in Residence at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, and currently holds faculty positions at Harford Community College, St. James School and maintains a large private studio. He served as vocal and instrumental collaborator for five years at Shepherd University, for ten years he was on the piano faculty of the Bryn Mawr School, and has acted as Program Coordinator and Director of Operations for the Gijón International Piano Festival in Gijón, Spain.
Primary teachers and mentors have included Julian Martin, Jerome Lowenthal, Olga Radosavljevich, Ann Schein, Marc Durand and Boris Slutsky. Dr. Satava received his DMA from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where he was awarded the Turner Memorial Prize in Piano and a Peabody Career Development Grant to complete a residency at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts in Alberta, Canada. He completed a bachelor’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory and master’s degree at the Juilliard School.
Joseph currently resides in Johnstown, Pennsylvania with his wife, Jessica who is the executive director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.