Praised for his “delicious” collaboration by the New York Times, Josh Cullen enjoys a multifaceted career as pianist, vocal coach, and music director. In May, he completed a tour as a pianist with Lincoln Center Stage, a piano quintet formed through a partnership between Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Holland America Line. Past performance credits include chamber music at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and performances as a piano concerto soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Detroit Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Otsu Philharmonic orchestras. His recordings include Beethoven’s first three piano concertos and Mozart’s concerto for two pianos in E-flat major with Paul Badura-Skoda, released by Hallmark Classics and Tintagel Records.
Equally active in musical theater, he is serving as a vocal coach and accompanist for this year’s NYU Summer Study in Music Theater at NYU Steinhardt. He also worked previously at NYU Steinhardt as a music director for their undergraduate and graduate music theater song analysis classes. His credits as music director and associate/assistant music director include Little Shop of Horrors, Merrily We Roll Along, My Fair Lady, True Love (Sharon Playhouse); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Irvington Town Hall Theater); Pins and Needles, Kiss Me, Kate, There Once Was A Girl Named Jenny (NYU Steinhardt); The Secret Garden and Trojan Women (NYU Tisch). In addition, he has served as a music director and coach for music theater song analysis classes at NYU Steinhardt.
Josh holds a bachelor of music in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a master of music in piano from The Juilliard School, and a master of music in collaborative piano from NYU Steinhardt. His principal teachers have included Jerome Lowenthal, Grant Wenaus, and Arthur Greene. He has participated in music festivals including the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Siena), TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, and summer festivals at the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory.
Josh has been a member of AFM Local 802 since 2014. Josh is also an 11-year U.S. Army veteran, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Josh gives solo piano performances, chamber music performances, and accompanies singers and instrumentalists. Josh also works as a vocal coach and music director.