“An exquisite artist with sensitive, sophisticated playing. He is not afraid to take risks and be different from other pianists.”Eduardo Delgado

Performance artist, composer & arranger, and curious entrepreneur all embody the person of Joshua Chandra. He’s performed classical and jazz with seven orchestras in six countries worldwide to date in concerts and competitions, and is a master improviser and piano instructor currently in Southern California.

While rarely releasing original music and with no formal training in composing, Joshua was awarded First Place in the 2018 Composers Today statewide contest by the Music Teachers’ Association of California, for his damper pedal-less composition for solo piano, “An American Toccata.” The relentlessly fast-paced work was heralded by University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music doctoral candidate Charles Parsons as “[sounding] like Barber, Copland, and Gershwin all in one.” Earlier, Joshua also debuted his Grand Waltz in D♭ Major to great acclaim in the heart of Italy during Music Fest Perugia 2012. He has multiple arrangements published on IMSLP and Sheet Music Plus, and occasionally writes electronic music as well.

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A veteran to performance, Joshua is a versatile maker of music on the piano, celesta, harpsichord, organ, and more. His concertizing has taken him from local organizations in Southern California to string chamber ensembles in Jakarta, Indonesia and Perugia, Italy, as well as to an orchestra in Dresden, Germany, in various concerts and competitions. He has accompanied ballets, multiple choirs, and numerous vocalists & instrumentalists in classical, jazz, pop, and more. Joshua also holds awards from local to international piano competitions, and was the Grand Prize winner to the 2010 Cal State Fullerton Music Associates Concerto/Aria Competition, which led to two sold-out concerts with the CSUF Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kimo Furumoto in performances of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Joshua has had performances televised multiple times throughout Southern California on KVCR-TV and PBS, and gave the historical premiere of Yamaha’s N3 AvantGrand hybrid digital piano for the first time in public performance in the state of Louisiana, through the Tour of Champions (a child program of the former Louisiana International Piano Competition, in which he was a 2009 semifinalist).

A native of sunny Southern California, Joshua has been playing since age 4 and began long-term study of the piano at age 6 under the late Marie Estudillo. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Piano Performance magna cum laude at Cal State Fullerton in 2012, where he studied on scholarship under the famed Argentine concert pianist Eduardo Delgado. Joshua is constantly on the hunt to improve and inspire the world and local communities, having founded (and still directing) one of his region’s largest music networks, SoCal Music Gigs.

Aside from his musical freelancing, Joshua is a passionate volunteer as an anonymous counselor to distressed individuals worldwide, agrees with the ketogenic diet, will never turn down a round of the board game Rummikub in person, and diligently maintains a digital freebies repository.