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Josh Wright was a pianist from Season 9 of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated before Judgment Week.


Billboard #1 artist Josh Wright has delighted audiences across the United States and in Europe. His self-titled album “Josh Wright” topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011. He performed his Carnegie Hall debut at Zankel Hall in January 2014. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) as well as Dolby Theater (Los Angeles). Josh currently attends the University of Michigan, pursuing his Doctor of Musical Art degree as a pupil of Dr. Logan Skelton. Josh received his undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Utah, studying under Dr. Susan Duehlmeier. Josh is also a private student of concert pianist Sergei Babayan. Josh is married to Dr. Lindsey Wright, who received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Utah.

Josh won third prize and the audience prize at the 2014 Washington International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2013 Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition, first prize at the 2013 Rosamond P. Haeberle Piano Award competition, the gold medal at the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition, and first prize at the 2010 American Protége International Competition of Romantic Music. He was the second prize winner of the 2011 Music Teachers National Association National Competition.

He has competed in several other competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition Preliminaries, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Competition, the National Chopin Competition, the New York Piano Competition, the Louisiana International Piano Competition, the Julia Crane International Piano Competition, and the Eastman International Piano Competition.

Josh has appeared numerous times with symphony orchestras including: the Utah Symphony, the Temple Square Orchestra, the Salt Lake Symphony, the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, the SummerArts Orchestra, and the University of Utah Student Chamber Orchestra.

He has released five albums, including My Favorite Things (2013), Josh Wright (2011), Gaspard (2010), The Complete Chopin Etudes (2003), and Josh Wright Debut (2000).

Josh has participated in master classes and lessons with numerous concert pianists, including Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Garrick Ohlsson, John Perry, Boris Slutsky, Nelita True, Paul Schenly, Ian Hobson and Awadagin Pratt.

In addition to performing, Josh is passionate about teaching. He has appeared as a guest lecturer and masterclass presenter at several festivals and colleges, including the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Amalfi, Italy), University of Utah International Keyboard Institute (Salt Lake City, UT), Utah Valley University Piano Festival (Provo, UT), BYU-Idaho (Rexburg, ID), Snow College (Ephraim, UT), and Shoreline Community College (Seattle, WA). He has broadened his studio through online lessons where he teaches weekly lessons to students on five different continents. He has created a free online piano instructional series to assist piano students of all ages and abilities with various aspects of technique and musicality. This can be found on his YouTube Channel. 1


Josh Wright's audition in  Episode 906 consisted of playing Chopin's "Etude in C-sharp minor, op. 10 no. 4" on the piano. While performing, paint slowly emerged on the keys and small explosions within the piano emitted puffs of smoke. Howard Stern, Heidi KlumMel B, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending Josh to Judgment Week.

Judgment Week

Josh Wright was not present during Judgment Week as he was never seen, meaning he either withdrew or was cut by the producers before this stage of the competition.

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