Joseph Petric’s fearless innovations and interpretations have been noted by the international press as  “extraordinary, eloquent…moving” (Boston Globe) and “union of poetic imagination….. and profound musicianship” (Halifax Chronicle Herald).  His international debut in Washington DC and London, England were critically acclaimed. Laureate of the BBC3 and CBC National Radio Auditions, he was the first instrumentalist granted the designation Friend of Canadian Music  “a legendary collaborator, a pre-eminent international performer with an unwavering trajectory of excellence on the world stage” (Canadian Music Centre).

  An international soloist, Joseph also moves effortlessly across artistic boundaries in the chamber ensembles Trio Diomira, Erosonic, Bellows and Brass, Duo Contempera, the Winterreise Project with Christoph Prégardien, the Petric-Forget Duo, Baroque Postcards with violinist Lynn Kuo, in performances noted as  “the perfect seduction…mesmerizing” (Phillips Gallery Washington), “a glittering exhibit…” (Chicago Tribune). His performance in the multi-disciplinary production of Linda Bourchard’s Murderous Little World at Disney Centre was hailed for “…sheer brilliance” (Los Angeles Times). 

  Joseph has debuted 13 concertos written for him including Peter Paul Koprowski, Denis Gougeon, Brian Current, James Rolfe, Howard Skempton, Gunnar Valkare, Omar Daniel, and Paul Frehner. 

  A champion of contemporary works, Joseph’s opus of 251 commissions includes the creation of a unique genre of works for accordion with CD playback, digital delay, computer ensemble, computers, live video, and live software applications. He commissioned works by numerous women composers including Norma Beecroft, L.C. Smith, Janika Vandervelde, Micheline Roi, Rose Bolton, Jocelyn Morlock and his opus is now the focus of a dissertation for the University of Gdansk in Poland’s first accordion PHD. 

  Accordionist of choice at international festivals such as Domaine Forget, Washington Festival, Southbank London, Huddersfield, Tokyo Spring, Agora IRCAM, Schubertiade Hohenems, and the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, his Winnipeg Festival performance was noted as “miraculous, astonishing…”(Winnipeg Free Press) and his appearance  at Tanglewood in Berio’s 75th birthday concert was described as “strong, committed, particularly memorable” (New York Times).

 Joseph’s discography includes 32 titles. His album “Orbiting Garden” (Centrediscs) described as “dizzying….elaborate…riveting…an absorbing and impressively played recital.” (Gramophone, London) received a JUNO nomination. He was awarded Prix Opus (Best Recording) 2011 and appears on the ATMA, Chandos, Naxos, Astrila, Odeofon, Centrediscs, MusicaViva, CBC5000 Series, and ConAccord labels. He has appeared on CBC TV, SRC-TV, EU TV-5 and has been broadcast on NHK, NPR, CBC, SRC, BBC3, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Serbian Radio systems. 

  As artistic director, he staged the first Canadian performance of the Complete Berio Sequenzas in Toronto 2013 with David Hetherington, the Harbourfront Big Squeeze Accordion Festival 1991, the Glenn Gould Studio Virtuosi Series 1994, and the Carte Blanche Series for Société Radio Canada in Montreal 2000 and Québéc Cité 2004. Teaching has always been integral to Joseph’s work. He gives international masterclasses, recitals and lectures at London’s RAM, Amsterdam Conservatory, Trossingen, Copenhagen, Oslo Conservatory and Essen among others. 

Joseph Petric portraits:  © Bo Huang.  

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