Joseph Ehrenpreis is a multi-instrumental guitar performer. His specialization includes the 8-string “Brahms Guitar”, an instrument that was invented by David Rubio and Paul Galbraith in 1994.
Joseph is gaining an international reputation for creating a repertoire for the 8-string “Brahms Guitar”. He has accomplished this through premiering new music, as well through his own transcriptions of works originally written for cello, harp, piano, lute, and violin.
Joseph is an advocate for new music, and has commissioned and performed many new compositions written for the 8-string “Brahms Guitar”.
His 2019 Season presents the premier of 15 new works for the 8-string Guitar by composers from the NYC Women Composer Association (AWCANYC), Tesselat Composers Collective, Julliard, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Highlights include the premier of Amy Brandon’s “Prometheus” at the 21st Century Guitar Conference and Chatori Shimizu’s “Translucent (rev. 2019) in New York City. He will debut luthier Martin Woodhouse’s “Leiden Model” extended-range guitar in a recital of works by Einojuhani Rautavaara and Franz Schubert.
In 2019, Joseph released a complete recording of Mauro Giuliani’s Op. 51, an enigmatic set of studies for the solo guitar, on Enharmonic Records. His further recording output includes music by Emilia Giuliani and Weneslaus Matiegka. The recordings were made on an antique romantic guitar made in 1921 by Hermann Hauser I.
It is Joseph’s hope that music and sound will help to promote peace and solidarity in the world.