Joseph Fleetwood's career continues to gain momentum in 2020 with the release of his recording of J.S. Bach's Six Partitas on the Sheva Label, released internationally through Naxos Music Library, Spotify, Apple Music, and available on CD. Equally at home in a wide variety of repertoire, Joseph's recent performances have included Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto, Beethoven's Third Concerto and many solo recitals.
Joseph has been awarded the 2019 NARRAMORE FELLOWSHIP at the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA which enables him to gain his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in solo piano performance. The Narramore Fellowship is the most prestigious award offered by the Frank Moody Music School at the University of Alabama and is awarded to one student every three years.
Joseph took part in “A Night To Remember” in London, which saw him performing in the company of stars of stage and screen, and dignitaries from around the world. He is involved in the production of the movie “Icky Fingers”, produced by author and film producer Jill Gambaro, and focuses on musicians who struggle with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Joseph is experienced in the rehabilitation of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome through his Matthay-Based technique and subsequent studies in causes and cures for the condition, and he will be interviewed for and perform in the film.
Joseph comes from an extraordinary musical lineage. His first teacher was Miss Katherine McLauchlan who was a pupil of Tobias Matthay (teacher of Myra Hess, Maura Lympany, Clifford Curzon). Joseph's last teacher, of seven years was Scottish pianist George Donald, who was a pupil of Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Aube Tzerko. Schnabel and Tzerko were both pupils of Artur Schnabel, who was in turn a Leschetizky pupil. Leschetizky was taught by Beethoven's favourite student, Carl Czerny.
Joseph has performed throughout Europe in Vienna, Milan, Naples, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and many other places. As a concerto soloist Joseph has performed many of the great piano concertos including Tchaikovsky 1 and 2, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff 1 and 2, Beethoven 1 - 5, Mozart 21, Shostakovich 2, Grieg, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue and Mendelssohn 1.
His solo repertoire encompasses the core repertoire and lesser known works of Albeniz, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ginastera, Granados, Grieg, Haydn, Janacek, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Poulenc, Prokofieff, Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikosvky and others and he is continually expanding his repertoire to construct exciting recital programmes.
Joseph has worked with many outstanding and celebrated musicians including Josef Swensen, Gianandrea Noseda, Artur Pizarro, Malcolm Martineau, Karen Cargill, Miranda Keys, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the orchestras of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal College of Music.
His playing has attracted high praise from critics and other musicians alike, with commentators noting 'Joseph Fleetwood is an outstanding young performer' (Murray McLachlan of Chethams), "...played with the precision of a fine-arts jeweller, you elevated the art of playing the Chopin Revolutionary Etude to a higher plane....You played with a beautiful delicacy of touch and absolute clarity. Your Bach performance was perfect" (Alexander Korsantia of the New England Conservatoire).
Joseph's playing has been broadcast on BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC Radio Scotland, and regional stations throughout the UK as both live performances and CD recordings. His debut CD featured some popular and lesser-known works by Edvard Grieg, and as well as his Bach album, he is currently working on recordings of the Liszt B minor Sonata and Rachmaninoff's rarely-performed first sonata.
In 2016 Joseph was commissioned to compose a short piece of music for Piano Restorations Ltd in the UK, and the resulting piece has been filmed and made into a TV advert for the company. The video, which was posted on classic FM’s Facebook page, has received over 620,000 views and is currently the most viewed video on their page.
Joseph practises on two Blüthner grand pianos rebuilt and maintained by Colin and Paul Leverett of Piano Restorations Ltd.
(Copyright 2020 Joseph Fleetwood. Not to be reproduced without permission. Correct as of February 2020)