Playground Ensemble

Josh Sawicki- piano

Joshua Sawicki was born in New Britain, Connecticut, into a family of Polish, French, and Native American descent. He was raised in Unionville, Connecticut, where he began piano lessons at age 4. Since then, Joshua has studied at the Royal College of Music (London, England), Boston University, the Hartt School of Music, the University of South Florida, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua International Piano Festival, and recently finished an Artist Diploma at the Lamont School of Music, where he studied with New York-based pianist Steven Mayer.

Recent awards include 1st place in the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, 1st place in the Lamont Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2nd place at the Artist Series of Sarasota piano competition, the Jacques Abrahms Piano Scholarship Award, 1st place in the USF Tampa Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, 1st place in the Stephen P. Brown concerto competition, 1st prize for the best performance of the commissioned competition piece (“Starlight,” by David Liptak of the Eastman School of Music) in the 14th Chautauqua International Piano Competition. Joshua was a quarter-finalist in the Sixth Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition (Novi Sad, Serbia), a semi-finalist in the Maria Herrero International Piano Competition, and a finalist in the 15th Chautauqua International Piano Competition.

Recent performances include d’Indy’s Symphony on a French Mountain Air in Denver, Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto in Denver and in Grand Junction, Brahms’ Second piano concerto in Tampa; Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s “Millennium Fantasy” with the Patel Conservatory Chamber Orchestra; solo performances in Novi Sad, Serbia (Isidor Bajic Memorial), Paris, France (Association Philomuses), Utrecht, Netherlands (Utrecht Conservatory), Cambridge, Massachusetts (Boston Ethical Society), Tampa, Florida (Clarion Society, Rutenberg Chamber Festival), Aspen Colorado (Spotlight Series), Denver (Playground New Music Ensemble, Newman Center for the Performing Arts), and a world premiere video recording of Geoff Sheil’s “Newport” (2012). Recent chamber performances have been with principal members of the Colorado Symphony on Colorado Public Radio, and on the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra chamber series.

Besides performing, Joshua is an avid teacher. While in Tampa, he taught piano classes at the University of South Florida, and taught privately at the Tampa Piano Academy and at the Patel Conservatory. Currently he teaches privately in Denver, and is the owner and director of Colorado Music Quest, a music school in Aurora, CO (

Joshua’s major teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Steven Mayer, John O’Conor, and Svetozar Ivanov. More information can be found on his website, at