Pianist Joseph Middleton was appointed College Musician at Pembroke College Cambridge in 2006. He specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music and has been highly acclaimed within this field. The Times recently described him as ‘the cream of the new generation’ and The Telegraph wrote that he ‘represents the crème de la crème of young British-based musical talent’. He performs and records with the greatest international singers in major music centres across Europe and North America.
Joseph graduated with an MPhil from the University of Birmingham before studying piano at the Royal Academy of Music on an EMI Scholarship. Upon graduation, he was awarded the DipRAM and was made an Associate of the Academy. Joseph’s competitive successes include the Accompaniment Prizes of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Richard Tauber Prize, Royal Over-Seas League Competition and Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Award. In Germany he recently won the ‘Best Lied-Pianist Prize’ at the International Schubert Competition LiedDuo.
Joseph has enjoyed recitals with internationally established singers of the opera world, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Mark Padmore, Christopher Maltman, Wolfgang Holzmair, Katarina Karnéus, Lisa Milne, Andrew Kennedy, Toby Spence, Matthew Rose, Carolyn Sampson, Sophie Daneman, Geraldine McGreevy and Jonathan Lemalu. He regularly collaborates with rising stars from the younger generation and in 2012 he formed the Myrthen Ensemble to further explore the song repertoire with regular duo partners Sophie Bevan, Clara Mouriz, Allan Clayton and Marcus Farnsworth. Work with instrumentalists includes concerts with Alexander Baillie, Emma Johnson and Nicholas Daniel.
Joseph is increasingly in demand as an imaginative programmer and in 2012 the BBC invited him to curate his own week of Radio 3 lunchtime concerts from the Lammermuir Festival. He has also devised programmes for Wigmore Hall (Colours of Spain, Songs to the Moon), Het Concertgebouw (Northern Lights) and King’s Place (Samling Residency featuring the Austrian artist Martha Griebler’s Schubert drawings).
In recent seasons he has appeared at major music centres including the Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, Brighton, Cheltenham, City of London, Edinburgh, Oxford Lieder, Ravinia, Three Choirs, Toronto and Vancouver Festivals. He gives frequent recitals at such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, St. John’s, Smith Square, the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Bristol’s Colston Hall and The Sage Gateshead, as well as venues throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. Joseph has made numerous live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, while his discography includes ‘Elgar in Sussex’ with Dame Felicity Lott (Champs Hill Records) and a CD of Spanish Songs with Clara Mouriz (Sonimage Classics). Recital CDs with Amanda Roocroft, Jonathan Lemalu, Sophie Bevan and Jennifer Johnston will be released during the 2012/13 season.