Pianist and composer, Josiah Groot, born 2001, is a ninth grade homeschool student dual enrolled at Fullerton Community College where he majors in music. He began piano lessons at age six and currently studies with Teri Watson at the Watson Studio.
In 2012, Josiah composed his first piece of music, “Watercolor Promenade,” and won 1st place in the MTAC Orange County North Branch Composers Competition for his division; he has been writing music ever since. His composition “Delusions of Grandeur,” won 1st place in 2015 at the MTAC Composers Today State competition, division IV. The composition was also awarded 1st place in the OC North branch competition, Category D. In 2014, “Countryside,” a trio written for piano, cello, and violin placed 2nd in the OC North branch competition. Similarly, his composition, “Dance of the Autumn Shadows” also received a 2nd place in 2013 .
Josiah takes his inspiration for his music from some of his favorite composers such as, Sergi Prokofiev, Sergi Rachmaninov, and Dimitri Shostakovich. He also enjoys watching performances by Daniil Trifonov and Vladimir Horowitz.
In his spare time, Josiah enjoys outdoor activities with his Boy Scout troop, novel writing, fencing, musical theater, and creating midi recordings. His arrangement of “A Mother Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” was used in the live production of Bye Bye Birdie by Center Stage Theater. He has also enjoyed playing a variety of piano music monthly at a senior community where he has volunteered for the past three years. Both the seniors and Josiah say their favorite part of the monthly visit was spent playing rousing games of Name that Tune in which Josiah performed songs from the 40’s and 50’s, along with musical theater songs sprinkled in for fun.