Conductor and harpsichordist Joseph Gascho has built a multifaceted musical career – performing as a soloist and collaborative artist; conducting opera, orchestra and choir; editing and arranging scores; teaching and lecturing; and most recently as a producer and editor. He has won numerous grants and prizes, including first prize in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. In 2012, he released his debut solo CD, a recording of his own harpsichord transcriptions.
Along with recorder player Justin Godoy, he directs the chamber group Harmonious Blacksmith, which is currently producing a new CD with percussionist Glen Velez. Other recent performing highlights include concerts with the National Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the Tallis Scholars and the Folger Consort, the Washington Bach Consort, and at Intersections: A New America Arts Festival. Not only a proponent of early music, he frequently performs works of living composers, including numerous premiere performances. After studying at the Peabody Institute and the University of Maryland, he now teaches at George Washington University, American University, and Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute.