Eloquent and poetic soloist.
Joseph Petric’s solo interpretations of works from J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, to Luciano Berio and Toshio Hosokawa have been described 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 welcomed by audiences and critics alike. Laureate of the BBC3 and CBC National Radio Auditions, he was the first instrumentalist granted the designation Friend of Canadian Music 2005, and Ambassador of Canadian Music 2009 by the Canadian Music Centre in recognition for his legendary collaborations with Canadian composers.
Gripping and powerful concerto virtuoso.
Joseph’s 13 concerto commissions have drawn international critical notice in the UK, Scandinavia, USA and Canada. The premiere of Brian Current’s Accordion Concerto was noted for “… Petric’s unusual insight into how to clarify and project detail as well as a superb sense of rhythmic design.” (Halifax Chronicle Herald). His premiere recording the Koprowski Accordion Concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra was “…full of …emotional power..virtuoso demands, gripping, large scale.” (American Record Guide); Denis Gougeon’s En Accordeon offered “…brilliant and subtle…powerful, exciting effects.” (Montreal La Presse.); and the London premiere of Gunnar Valkare’s concerto Viaggio “….astonishing bravura” (Musical Opinion, London).
Featured festival soloist around the globe, Joseph has performed at the Domaine Forget, Washington Festival, Southbank London, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Tokyo Spring, Agora IRCAM, Schubertiade Hohenems, Wigmore Hall Series, Montreal New Music Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Music Series to critical acclaim. His appearance at the Boston Symphony’s Seiji Ozawa Hall in a performance of the complete Sequenzas for Berio’s 75th birthday tribute was “strong, committed, particularly memorable” (New York Times).
Prolific ensemble musician and collaborator.
Joseph’s ensemble innovations from the Baroque to contemporary and theatrical works, are guided by a deep commitment to artistic exploration. He moves effortlessly across artistic boundaries in the world music ensemble Trio Diomira, Erosonic’s improvisations, Baroque and interdisciplinary works with Bellows and Brass, new music of Duo Contempera, the innovation of the chamber version of Schubert’s Winterreise with tenor Christoph Prégardien and Baroque Postcards with oboist Colin Maier and the mesmerizing sound of the Petric-Forget Duo.
Dazzling array of new music commissions.
Joseph’s life-long passion for contemporary music has resulted in the creation of 273 commissioned works, including a new genre of unique digital genre with CD playback, digital delay, live video, and live software applications, and 13 concertos suitable for mainstream international symphonic series. His commissions are the focus of the first Polish PHD on Canadian accordion music at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Conservatory, Gdansk 2018. Download a comprehensive list of commissioned works here.
Joseph’s discography of 32 titles includes his album “Orbiting Garden” (Centrediscs). Described as “dizzying… elaborate…riveting… an absorbing and impressively played recital.” (Gramophone, London) it received a JUNO nomination. He appears on the ATMA, Chandos, Naxos, Astrila, Odeofon, Centrediscs, MusicaViva, CBC 5000 Series, and ConAccord labels and his media broadcasts have been aired on CBC TV, SRC-TV, EU TV-5, NHK Japan, NPR -USA, CBC, SRC, BBC3, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Serbian Radio systems. He has hosted CBC Radio’s This is My Music.
Teaching, coaching and outreach.
Teaching is integral to Joseph’s opus. His international masterclasses, recitals and lectures at London’s RAM, Amsterdam Conservatory, Germany, Finland, Norway, France, and Slovenija have inspired an international student body. He has been invited to lead the inaugural international accordion masterclass at the Lunenburg Academy of Musical Performance 2020, and continues to accept international students in his Toronto studio for coaching, workshops and repertoire development.
Joseph is committed to supporting those less fortunate supporting the handicapped with Halton Community Living and gives back to the community with service and regular donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank
Joseph’s The Concert Accordion - Contemporary Perspectives (Augemus Press 2017) builds on the historic work of Giovanni Gagliardi in Paris 1911 and Pierre Monichon’s musicology in L’Accordéon (Paris. 1972) and presents the accordion’s forgotten musicology of the 20th century.
Publication is pending for his 2019 keynote lecture at the Poznan Accordion Conference by the Ignace Padarewsky Akademy accordion department Poland entitled Newton, Einstein, Paris 1911 and the Ideal Accordion.
Joseph Petric portraits: © Bo Huang.
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