Pianist Joseph Middleton specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music and has been highly acclaimed within this field. Described in the BBC Music Magazine as ‘one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder’, he has also been labelled ‘the cream of the new generation’ by The Times.
He performs and records with many of the world’s finest singers in major music centres including New York’s Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Centre), the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Cologne Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Toronto Koerner Hall, Vancouver Chan Centre, San Francisco Nourse Theatre and London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. He is a regular guest at Festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, Brighton, Cheltenham, City of London, Edinburgh, Oxford Lieder, Ravinia, Three Choirs, Toronto, Vancouver and West Cork. Joseph has a special relationship with the BBC through his work with their New Generation Artists Scheme and as such has made numerous live broadcasts of solo, chamber and song repertoire for BBC Radio 3, including twice being invited to curate his own weeklong series of lunchtime concerts. His discography includes ‘Elgar in Sussex’ with Dame Felicity Lott, a recital CD with Amanda Roocroft (both Champs Hill Records), ‘Fleurs’ with Carolyn Sampson (BIS Records), a CD of Spanish Songs with Clara Mouriz (Sonimage Classics) and the Lieder of Ludwig Thuille with Sophie Bevan and Jennifer Johnston (Champs Hill Records).
Recent and forthcoming highlights include appearances at: New York’s Alice Tully Hall with Sarah Connolly; Vienna’s Konzerthaus, in San Francisco and at the BathMozart and Brighton Festivals with Christopher Maltman; a UK tour of Winterreise with Sir Thomas Allen; a recording project for BIS with Carolyn Sampson and recitals with her in Munich, Freiburg and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; appearances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall with Katarina Karnéus and, with Christiane Karg, a tour of South America, and recitals in Germany, Austria and the Luxembourg Philharmonie. He returns to Wigmore Hall with Lucy Crowe, Christiane Karg, Kitty Whately and the Myrthen Ensemble (Sophie Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton and Marcus Farnsworth) and curates his own Duparc series for BBC Radio 3 with John Mark Ainsley, Lisa Milne, Anna Stéphany and Renata Pokupić.
Born in Gloucestershire, Joseph graduated with an MPhil from the University of Birmingham before studying piano on an EMI Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. His competitive successes include the Accompaniment Prizes of the Wigmore Hall International Song, Kathleen Ferrier, Richard Tauber, Royal Over-Seas League and Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Awards. In Germany he recently won the ‘Best Lied-Pianist Prize’ at the International Schubert Competition LiedDuo.
As at November 2014