Joseph Breinl studied the piano in Munich with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius and Gitti Pirner. Winning a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes he attended the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he continued his studies of piano and song accompaniment with Willem Brons, Rudolf Jansen and Udo Reinemann. Joseph also worked closely with Irwin Gage and Graham Johnson, who have both remained important musical influences in his career.
Numerous radio broadcasts and high-profile appearances have earned Joseph Breinl a reputation as one of the most highly respected piano accompanists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. He has performed to critical acclaim at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Semperoper Dresden and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He is also a guest at distinguished festivals such as the Schubertiades at Schwarzenberg and Hohenems, the Ruhr Piano Festival, Edinburgh Festival and the Münchner Opernfestspiele. Joseph Breinl has been awarded numerous prizes at international competitions, including the 2003 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, and the 2005 ECHO Rising Star prize with the mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn. Joseph works regularly with Miah Persson, Christianne Stotijn, Andre Morsch and Kammersängerin Waltraud Meier.
Highlights of Joseph Breinl‘s 12/13 concert season include recitals at the opera houses in Zurich and Brussels, the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Bunka Kaikan Tokio, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Dortmund and at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. Alongside mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and double bass player Rick Stotijn, Joseph will perform a world premiere of a new cycle written by the renowned American composer and author of a large body of vocal music, Ned Rorem.
Since 2010 Joseph Breinl has been professor of song interpretation and vocal accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.