Biography

 

Collaborative Pianist Joshua Tanis is hailed as “full of music” and “a young, burgeoning, and energetic pianist with inviting, refined, and fresh interpretations that greatly appeal to the breadth of present-day audiences.” As a New York-based artist, Mr. Tanis has enjoyed performing on local, national, and international stages, working with artists from the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and the Opera de Puerto Rico.

Mr. Tanis is a specialist in German music of the Late-Romantic Era, extensively studying harmonic language and style in the operas and songs of Richard Strauss—combining his education in Collaborative Piano and Music Theory. Mr. Tanis holds Master’s Degrees in Collaborative Piano and Music Theory from the City University of New York (CUNY) - Hunter College, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Biology from the University at Albany. He is currently a PhD student in Music Theory at the Florida State University.

A large portion of Mr. Tanis’s performing career has encompassed music’s vast and treasured collection of art songs. In 2014, Mr. Tanis and mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell were distinguished finalists in the national Mary Trueman Art Song Competition at the National Opera Center/OPERA America. In addition to his work in the art song and opera realms, Mr. Tanis is actively involved in the Broadway community, maintaining his dedication to bridging the gap between art music and musical theatre. He currently serves as pianist for the nationally-touring operatic comedy Divas Unleashed.

Mr. Tanis is also committed to preserving and performing American music, past and present. One of his most recent endeavors, an archival research, recording, and recital project with mezzo-soprano Kathryn Tate, is titled The Great American Poet Sings. Together, Mr. Tanis and Ms. Tate have assembled a recital of great American poems set to music, scheduled to premiere in the Spring of 2017 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium/New York Public Library, Lincoln Center.

 

Résumé - recent and notable engagements


Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (Staff Pianist)
                 2013


The Mary Trueman Art Song Preservation Society Competition            2014
with Kara Cornell, mezzo-soprano (awarded as finalists) at the
Opera America Center, New York City (Piano)


The Great American Poet Sings Recital and Archival Research                      2014
Project with Kathryn Alicia Tate, mezzo-soprano (Pianist) 


MarxFest New York City Performances (Piano)                                           2014


Interharmony International Music Festival in                                          2014
Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy (Piano)


Do Not Go Gentle                                                                                           2015
World Premiere at the Phoenicia International            
Festival of the Voice



Divas Unleashed                                                                                               2016
Windham Chamber Music Festival



Review of Puccini's Suor Angelica with Mosaic-Arts Opera:


"While Puccini's lush strains were conceived for orchestra, they spoke surprisingly well through Joshua Tanis' piano accompaniment."

- Joseph Dalton, Times Union

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Review of Carissimi's The Oratorio of Jephthe (harpsichord):


"Tanis played heroically, and was able to coax a lot of expression out of an instrument that isn't known for evoking a lot of emotion!"

- Deirdre Michael, deirdremichael.com


















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