Josiah Sprankle is a pianist and composer from Roanoke, VA. At age 7, he started his first piano lessons. An active performer, Josiah regularly plays in solo recitals, churches, concerts, charity events, and competitions. Josiah is a three-time winner of the VCU PianoFest competition, a two-time finalist at the Bland Music Competition, a winner of the VMTA Mary Smart piano competition, and a winner of the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra (RYSO) Young Artist Awards competition. In 2016, he will return to perform a solo piano concerto with the RYSO for the spring concert season.
In 2012, Josiah wrote his first composition. At first, his composing began as simple improvisations. In 2014, Josiah studied composition with Jonathon Sokol at the Brevard Music Center, where he received readings and performances from the Brevard Symphonia and ITCH Ensemble. Josiah has received performances of his music from the Roanoke Home School Choir, the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Valley Chamber Orchestra, and members of Winds of the Blue Ridge. A multi-instrumentalist, Josiah can play guitar, mandolin, ukulele, French horn, and piano. Josiah is a freshman at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, pursuing a double major in Music Composition (B.M) and Piano Performance. (B.M)
Josiah mainly plays classical music, but he also enjoys improvising and experimenting with other genres. He played and recorded with the contemporary Christian band Relinquish, opening for Colton Dixon, 7th Time Down, and Unspoken. Josiah enjoys mission work, and has used music to raise funds for an Indian clean water well, and mission trips to Haiti and India. In his spare time, Josiah is an amateur chess enthusiast, enjoys non-fiction, plays Minecraft, and absorbs nature in the form of hiking, camping, and picnicking.