A native of New York, Joshua Pierce was a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, where he received seven Heckshire Foundation Awards and was 1967 winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition; in 1968 he was awarded the Victor Babin Award from th Cleveland Institute. Mr. Pierce earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees on scolarship at the Manhattan School of Music, and did postgraduate work in conducting at Columbia Teachers College. His principal piano teachers have been Dorothy Taubman, Arthur Balsam and Robert Goldsand. He has given recitals and appeared with orchestras on several continents; in 1986 the American Festival of MicroTonal Music Ensemble, of which he is Artistic Advisor, had the distinction of being the only American group invited to perform at the Futurissimo/Futurissimi Festival of Contemporary Music in Venice, Italy. He has also been Music Director and Conductor for a national tour of "Stop the World, I Want To Get Off", performed in marathon concerts with composer/conductor Lukas Foss at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and taken part in a tribute to Rosalyn Tureck with violinist Erik Friedman in New York. Included in his large discography is a five-recording John Cage series, as well as a new recording of the Liszt "Todtentanz" and the Prokofiev D-flat piano concerto. He appears regularly with his duo-pianist partner, Dorothy Jonas both in concert and on recording (JDT 104 MUSIC OF BRITTEN and MARTINU).