Joseph Prestamo was born in New York and began studying the piano at age six. He recently joined the doctoral student body at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2012 he graduated with a master of music in composition from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Bright Sheng and Kristin Kuster. Previously, he completed a bachelor of music in piano performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY where he studied piano with Morey Ritt and composition with Bruce Saylor. His solo piano piece,Sketches, was awarded the NFMC Student/Collegiate Composition Award as well as the first prize in music+culture’s International Composition Competition. It has been recorded by pianist Brian Hanke and is available on iTunes.
Joseph has participated in numerous festivals and summer programs. In 2011, he received two premieres in Tuscany, Italy as part of Siena Summer Music’s concert series. Other festivals include the Nova Scotia Young Composers Program (Dalhousie University, 2009), Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance (Mannes College, The New School, 2008), and the Festival of Contemporary Music, SCI (Queens College, 2007). Additional awards include the Evelyn Marin Memorial Scholarship, the Molly Weinstein Memorial Award, the Gabriel Frontier Memorial Award, the Karol Rathaus Award, and the Presser Foundation Scholarship Award.
As an accompanist, Joseph has worked with countless soloists and ensembles from fundraising events to concerto competitions. He has accompanied the Queens College Choir, the Mineola High School Choir at NYSSMA, and the First Baptist Church of Freeport Choir, where he was worship leader and choir director. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he was the staff keyboardist and choir accompanist at Dixboro United Methodist Church. Joseph also maintains a studio of private piano students.
Performed by Contemporaneous
David Bloom, conductor
Recorded May 22, 2017
Elebash Recital Hall, New York
Ballade, for solo piano.
Grace Prestamo, piano.
Recorded on June 2, 2014 Elebash Recital Hall, New York.
Two Pictures, for cello and piano
Caitlin Gross, cello; Joseph Prestamo, piano
Recorded on November 17th, 2012. Briton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor