Gascho, Joseph

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Instruments Played
Organ, Harpsichord, Clavichord, Conductor

Current Performance Ensembles
Harmonious Blacksmith

Personal Summary / Bio

Harpsichordist Joseph Gascho enjoys a multifaceted musical career as a keyboard artist, conductor, teacher and producer.  In 2002, he won first prize in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition.  His most recent recording, Españoletas, featuring his chamber ensemble Harmonious Blacksmith and multiple Grammy winning percussionist Glen Velez, was released in the summer of 2014.  A solo recording of his own transcriptions in 2012 was praised in the American Record Guide: “All the performances bristle with sparkling articulation, subtle but highly effective rubato and other kinds of musical timing, and an enviable understanding of the various national styles of 17th and 18th Century harpsichord music.”

Recent performing highlights include concerts with the National Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, and conducting Idomeneo for the Maryland Opera Studio.    He has also conducted numerous operas from Monteverdi to Mozart for Opera Vivente and has taught improvisation and figured bass playing across the United States.

A graduate of the Peabody Institute and the University of Maryland, he taught at George Washington University and American University before accepting his most recent post at the University of Michigan.  He continues to also teach basso continuo and conduct the student orchestra at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute.

He is in demand as a session producer and editor, having recently produced recordings for the Folger Consort, Pomerium, Trio Pardessus, Ensemble Gaudior, Three Notch’d Road, pianist/composer Haskell Small, Cantate Chamber Singers and the Washington Master Chorale.



Professional Performer or Semi-Pro Performer, Teacher/Professor

My Music

TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
Improvisation on Susanna Ung JourOrlande de LassusHarmonious Blacksmith - Ah Young Hong, soprano; Justin Godoy, recorder; Joseph Gascho, harpsichordApr 23 20082:48
Courante (Cello Suite in G Major, 1720)J.S. Bach, transcribed by Joseph GaschoJoseph Gascho, harpscihordApr 23 20082:43

Contact Information


2722 Roseland Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103
United States
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443 226 9578