Joseph’s passion for exploring solo works from C.P.E. Bach to Luciano Berio has opened and led vital international conversations about accordion equities for decades. Media critics describe his performances as “extraordinary, eloquent…moving” (Boston Globe) and “a union of poetic imagination… and profound musicianship.” (Halifax Chronicle Herald); “strong, committed... particularly memorable.” (New York Times). Joseph was the first accordionist laureate of the BBC3 Radio Auditions and recipient of the Canadian Music Centre’s Friend of Canadian Music Award 2005 in recognition of his legendary collaborations.
Gripping concerto performances.
Joseph’s 20 concerto commissions continue to create new vocabularies in a canon ranging from minimalist to modernist, palimpsestic to post-digital. Brian Current’s Koussevitsky Foundation concerto was cited for “… Petric’s unusual insight into how to clarify and project detail as well as a superb sense of rhythmic design.” (Halifax Chronicle Herald); the CBC commissioned Koprowski concerto premiere recording with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra “..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); the London premiere of Gunnar Valkare’s Sveriges Reikskonzerter commission Viaggio “… astonishing bravura.” (Musical Opinion, London.)
Joseph’s explorations have been welcomed at international festivals including Huddersfield, Washington Festival, Montreal New Music, and Agora IRCAM. Petric’s passion for accordion palimpsest includes a chamber version of Schubert’s Winterreise with German tenor Christoph Prégardien and Pentaèdre presented at the Hohenems Schubertiade, the Tokyo Spring Festival, Tel Aviv Opera, Blaue Salle Brussels and the Berlin Philharmonic Festival. Petric’s performance in the complete Sequenzas for Berio’s 75th birthday tribute at Seiji Ozawa Hall, at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival, was cited in the New York Times as “…strong, committed… particularly memorable.”
Joseph’s ensemble collaborations explore a playful dance with irony in and around conventional artistic boundaries highlighting palimpsest archetypes (Petric-Forget Duo), electroacoustic media, live video, dramatic-theatrical impulses (Bellows and Brass), improvisation (Erosonic), world-jazz explorations ( Trio Diomira), new chamber music pathways in Duo Contempera, BIARC2, and a special collaboration of long duration with the Penderecki Quartet in solo and double concerto chamber music genres.
Passion for new creation
Joseph’s collaborations of 327 commissions with new artistic equities include techno-chamber and electroacoustic works with CD, MAC, digital delay, live video and live software application playback; multi-media, live video and theatrical works; post-digital solo works; and 20 concertos for chamber ensemble and full orchestra. His commissions have opened new conversations in post graduate theses and masterclasses from Mexico City to Madrid, Trossingen to Paris and Strasbourg. Joseph continues to mentor and support powerful and exciting voices of emerging Canadian composers in collaborations that open new access points in international conversations and equities.
Find a list of commissioned works here.
Joseph’s discographic diversity and 32 titles was acknowledged by the Hunter Foundation Prize, Québec’s Prix Opus Best Recording and London’s Gramophone review of his JUNO nominated Orbiting Garden commenting: “dizzying… riveting… an absorbing and impressively played recital”. Petric’s recordings may be found on the ATMA, Chandos, NAXOS, Astrila, Odeofon, Centrediscs, MusicaViva, CBC5000 Series, ConAccord, Analekta and Imprintes digitales labels, among others. His recordings have been aired by CBC TV, SRC-TV, EU TV-5 NHK Japan, NPR-USA, CBC Radio, Société Radio Canada, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Serbian Radio systems. He has hosted CBC Radio’s This is My Music.
Masterclasses, coaching and outreach.
Joseph continues to create new access points for emerging international generations of accordionists. A sessions teacher at the Université de Montréal, he inaugurated the DAA (Digital Accordion Academy) for advanced coaching and training during Covid. He also teaches students at progressive continental schools such as Amsterdam Conservatory, Paris Sorbonne, Lille, Strasburg, Trossingen Hoschule, Krakow, Katowice, Gdansk, and Maribor among others.
Joseph is devoted to helping those less fortunate and has worked with Salvation Army Food Bank services and specialized support services for the mentally handicapped for 20 years.
In 2017, Joseph began publishing monographs about the accordion’s unknown and deserving. The Concert Accordion – Contemporary Perspectives (Augemus) documented 14 unknown concert accordion patents, and Giovanni Gagliardi’s bilingual 1911 treatise Le Petit Manuel de L’Accordéoniste for an English readership, now used in the Sorbonne accordion program. Publications pending include The Idea of Accordion and The Accordion Handbook.
Joseph Petric portraits: © Bo Huang.
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