"...Espinoza delivers a killer organ solo on this strong opener." - Blinded By Sound (review of Charlie Ballantine: Providence)
An avid performer and educator, pianist Joshua Espinoza balances his time sharing music on the stage and off. As a performer, Joshua has played with renowned artists including Warren Wolf, Paul Bollenback, Dezron Douglas, Jerome Jennings, Miho Hazama, Alex Norris, John D’earth, Mike Pope, Kris Funn, Eric Kennedy, Todd Marcus, Chuck Redd, Nassar Abadey, Brian Settles, Brent Birckhead, Eugene Goss, and Gail Wynters, and on national stages including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The Kennedy Center, the Barns at Wolftrap, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the DC Jazz Fest. Currently a member of the adjunct faculty of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Joshua teaches jazz piano lessons to non-jazz majors. Every summer, Joshua serves on the piano faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, where he teaches private classical piano and introductory jazz piano classes. Formerly a member of the faculties of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Franklin College (IN), and Morehead State University (KY), he believes wholeheartedly in the importance of music education. While at Morehead State, Joshua developed a jazz outreach program called MSU JazzMobile with the goal of enriching jazz education programs and uplifting art music in eastern Kentucky.
No stranger to international competitions, Joshua was a finalist in the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition and was named "Most Promising Semi-Finalist" in the 13th UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa (2016). His musical output was recognized by the Maryland State Arts Council in 2018 when he was awarded an Individual Artist Grant for two of his original compositions.
Joshua holds a Masters Degree in Jazz studies and a minor in classical piano performance from Indiana University where he studied with pianists Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Luke Gillespie. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he studied with Ruby Morgan. While at Furman, Josh was a winner of Furman's Biennial Concerto Competition, performing the final movement of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Furman Symphony Orchestra under the baton of composer Jay Bocook.
Joshua is an active performer, playing regularly with his trio (The Joshua Espinoza Trio) and other local groups in jazz venues across the country. Joshua maintains a rigorous musical schedule of performing and teaching students of all ages from his home studio. Joshua was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently a freelance pianist, composer, and teacher in Baltimore, MD.