Joseph Ries has been a member of the piano faculty at Lucy Moses School and Special Music School since 1998. He has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist throughout the New York metropolitan area. During his years as an instructor and coach, he has served as an adjudicator for many competitions in the tri-state region, and his students have received numerous honors and awards.
He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Dallas Civic Orchestra, Oklahoma City Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony, and Sun Valley Music Festival Orchestra. As chamber musician he appeared in the Taos Chamber Music Festival, and has performed in such local venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Barge, and WQXR.
Mr. Ries graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tulsa, where he studied with Aldo Mancinelli and performed several times with the University of Tulsa Symphony. His post-graduate studies were at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he worked with Alfonso Montecino. He was the winner there of the Artist Diploma Competition and performed the Bartok Second Piano Concerto with the Indiana University Symphony.
Mr. Ries has studied privately with Claudio Arrau, Grete Sultan, and German Diez. He appeared in master classes with Claudio Arrau, and Friedrich Wührer.
His vast teaching experience includes work at Millikin University, Indiana University, Third Street Settlement Music School, and the Henry Street Settlement. He is also currently on the piano faculty of the Greenwich House Music School in New York City.