Joseph Gascho

Joseph Gascho has performed for enrapt audiences across the world, from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Canter to Paris, Tokyo and Taipei. Trained under the mastery of Webb Wiggins and Arthur Haas, Gascho has garnered multiple awards for his playing, including first prize in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, and the prestigious Pomeroy Prize for Early Music.

He has guest-conducted and performed concerti with Apollo's Fire, and served as conductor with Opera Vivente, the Maryland Opera Studio and the Peabody Institute.  He recently conducted four all-Bach concerts for Apollo's Fire, "leading with energy, authority and a conducting technique that inspired the musicians he led to perform at their highest level. Gascho's interpretations of the cantatas found the heart of each piece from the outset, realizing fully the drama and emotion that, in lesser hands, can often be lost in their rigid format (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)."

He is likewise distinguished as an accomplished recording producer. Many celebrated artists and ensembles have turned to Gascho to produce their recordings, including Pomerium, the Folger Consort, Trio Pardessus, the 21st Century Consort, Ensemble Gaudior, Three Notch’d Road, pianist/composer Haskell Small, Cantate Chamber Singers and the Washington Master Chorale.

Joseph Gascho serves on the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival’s Baroque Instrumental Program. He has spent years mentoring students at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College, where he teaches basso continuo, coaches chamber music and conducts the student orchestra. Educational institutions across the world have invited Gascho to lecture and give master classes, including Gettysburg College, the University of South Dakota and the Conservatoire in Strasbourg, France.

Gascho holds masters and doctoral degrees in harpsichord from the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland, where he also studied orchestral conducting with James Ross.

At the Folger: 
Harpsichord