Middleton, Joseph

Joseph specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music and has been highly acclaimed within this field. He performs and records with many of the world’s finest singers in major music centres across Europe and North America.

Joseph enjoys recitals with internationally established singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies, Roderick Williams, Katarina Karnéus, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott and many more. He also 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 Natalie Clein, Emma Johnson, Lawrence Power, and the Goldner, Navarra and Meta4 Quartets. Joseph has a special relationship with the BBC through his work with their New Generation Artists Scheme and as such has made numerous live broadcasts of solo, chamber and song repertoire for BBC Radio 3, including twice being invited to curate his own weeklong series of lunchtime concerts.

Born in Gloucestershire, Joseph graduated with an MPhil from the University of Birmingham before studying piano on an EMI Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. Upon graduation he held Junior Fellowships at both the RCM and RAM, had the title of Associate conferred upon him by the RAM, was made the Samling Foundation’s inaugural Pianist Scholar, and took up the post of Musician in Residence at Pembroke College Cambridge. Joseph's competitive successes include the Accompaniment Prizes of the Wigmore Hall International Song, Kathleen Ferrier, Richard Tauber, Royal Over-Seas League and Geoffrey Parsons Awards. In Germany he was awarded the ‘Best Lied-Pianist Prize’ at the International Schubert Competition LiedDuo. In 2014, Joseph was invited to be the new Director of Leeds Lieder, ‘one of the most exuberant and far-reaching festivals of art-song in the UK’ (The Times).