Joseph Fleetwood

piano
biography

JOSEPH FLEETWOOD comes from an extraordinary musical lineage. His first teacher was a pupil of Tobias Matthay (teacher of Myra Hess, Maura Lympany, Clifford Curzon). Joseph's last teacher, of seven years was Scottish pianist George Donald, who was a pupil of Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Aube Tzerko. Schnabel and Tzerko were both pupils of Artur Schnabel, who was in turn a Leschetizky pupil. Leschetizky was taught by Beethoven's favourite student, Carl Czerny. Prior to this he studied at the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

In the forthcoming season (2017-2018) Joseph will be performing Rachmaninoff's epic 3rd piano concerto, Beethoven's C minor piano concerto, and will give concerts at home and abroad at venues including St Andrews University and Villa Bossi in Varese, Italy. Whilst at Villa Bossi he will record his forthcoming CD of the Six Partitas by J.S. Bach, scheduled for release on the Sheva Collection and distributed by Naxos in the USA and Discovery Records in the UK in early 2018. 

Joseph has performed throughout Europe in venues such as the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, the University of Naples, concert tours in Germany and the UK, Bluthner Piano Concert Series in London, the Caird Hall in Dundee, the Norwich and Norfolk Chamber Music Club, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians and Lyth Arts in Thurso.

As a concerto soloist Joseph has performed many of the great piano concertos including Tchaikovsky 1 and 2, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff 1 and 2, Beethoven 1 - 5, Mozart 21, Shostakovich 2, Grieg, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue and Mendelssohn 1.

His solo repertoire encompasses the core repertoire and lesser known works of Albeniz, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ginastera, Granados, Grieg, Haydn, Janacek, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Poulenc, Prokofieff, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikosvky and others and he is continually expanding his repertoire to construct exciting recital programmes.

Joseph has worked with many outstanding and celebrated musicians including Josef Swensen, Gianandrea Noseda, Artur Pizarro, Malcolm Martineau, Karen Cargill, Miranda Keys, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the orchestras of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal College of Music.

His playing has attracted high praise from critics and other musicians alike, with commentators noting 'Joseph Fleetwood is an oustanding young performer' (Murray McLachlan of Chethams), '[Joseph is].... set to be one of Scotland's most exciting pianists' (Philip Jenkins, RSAMD), "...played with the precision of a fine-arts jeweller, you elevated the art of playing the Chopin Revolutionary Etude to a higher plane....You played with a beautiful delicacy of touch and absolute clarity. Your Bach performance was perfect" (Alexander Korsantia of the New England Conservatoire).

Joseph's playing has been broadcast on BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC Radio Scotland, and local stations in the UK and Germany. His debut CD features some popular and lesser-known works by Edvard Grieg, and as well as his Bach album, he is currently working on recordings of Schubert, Liszt and Beethoven - as well as his afforementioned Bach album.

In 2016 Joseph was commissioned to compose a short piece of music for Piano Restorations Ltd in the UK, and the resulting piece has been filmed and made into a TV advert for the company, attracting over 500,000 views on the Classic FM facebook page.

Joseph practises on two Blüthner grand pianos rebuilt and maintained by Colin and Paul Leverett of Piano Restorations Ltd.

 



(Copyright 2017 Joseph Fleetwood. Not to be reproduced without permission. Correct as of July 2017)


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NameFleetwood, Joseph
Born inUnited Kingdom, Europe
Main languageEnglish
attended UniversitiesRoyal College of Music
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