Meet the Founders: Joshua Sobel

Joshua Sobel is an organist and pianist from North Carolina. Born in 2001, he has been playing piano since 2004 and organ since 2010. He has played a wide range of repertoire in numerous churches and halls across the United States and abroad, including Edenton Street Methodist church, Nativity Episcopal Church, and Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh; the Tannenberg organ in Old Salem; Kallio Church in Helsinki, Finland; Dunfermline Abbey in Scotland; the Wanamaker store in Philadelphia; and several others. He has studied with several notable organists, including Mark Andersen, a former student of Marcel Dupré and E. Power Biggs.

Apart from organ repertoire, Joshua has specific interests in improvisation on piano and organ, conducting, and recording engineering. His current projects include research into little-known but historically important organists and composers, modern and historic recording techniques, and innovative approaches to the construction of modern pipe organ actions. He is also an avid composer, notably having composed numerous three- and four-voice fugues by the age of six.

Joshua has been praised by adjudicators for his “ease and confidence at the organ,” having placed first in the 2020 UNCSA Organ Competition and 2017 Cooper Miller Scholarship competition. He also placed second overall at the 2019 Columbia AGO Competition, and won the prize for interpretation of Bach. Joshua currently studies as a Kenan Organ Scholar at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is pursuing a four-year degree in organ performance.

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