Born in 1987 in Ludwigshafen as the son of professional musicians, Joseph Moog captivates audiences with his mature stylistic authenticity, transcendental virtuosity and his bold, unique program selections, which include his own compositions. On his latest recording, he pairs works of Brahms and Richard Strauss. Brahms was 48 years old and at the height of his powers when he completed his Piano Concerto No. 2. The concerto is, famously, not only one of the most technically challenging of all piano concertos to play but also one of the longest and a supreme test of the soloist’s technique and stamina. Not far behind it in terms of the challenges it presents is the early Burleske for piano and orchestra by Strauss.