"... it was a treat to listen to the [Grieg's Holberg] suite in its earliest conception, and the [Grieg] Sonata played not only with such technical brilliance, but with deep musical intelligence... Mozart's B flat Sonata K570 was incisive and crystal-clear, but still with its essential Mozartean charm, and Ravel's Jeux d'eaux shimmered and glittered like a fountain in the sunshine."

Dundee Courier 2008

"...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, New England Conservatoire 2012

"Beethoven's Sonata in F Op 57 was entitled "Appassionata" by its publisher. It demands plenty of passion and soul, of which Joseph has plenty, added to a fair share of drama and bravado. This was quite a brilliant performance, the soloist belying his years with a mature and sometimes effortless display. The semi-quavers were tight, the switch in tempi and mood superb and the overall effect quite simply moving...in more ways than one! This was his first public playing of this demanding work, but the soloist rose to the occasion in some style and he can be justifiably proud for one of the best interpretations and performances heard for many a long time."

Garry Fraser 2004

Joseph Fleetwood / pianist

Joseph Fleetwood comes from an extraordinary musical lineage. For seven years he studied with 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. Prior to this he studied at the Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow.


Rachmaninoff prelude C sharp, St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee, August 2013

Joseph has performed throughout Europe in venues such as the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, the University of Naples, Bluthner Piano Concert Series in London, the Caird Hall in Dundee, the Norwich and Norfolk Chamber Music Club, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians and Lyth Arts in Thurso.

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 oustanding young performer’ (Murray McLachlan of Chethams, 1995), ‘[Joseph is]…. set to be one of Scotland’s most exciting pianists’ (Philip Jenkins, RSAMD, 2002), “…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, 2012).

Joseph’s playing has been broadcast on BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC Radio Scotland, NorthSound Radio and Radio North Angus as both live performances and CD recordings. His debut CD featuring works by Edvard Grieg was produced in 2008, and he is currently working on a recording of the complete Bach Partitas.

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 film was recently featured on Classic FM’s Facebook page with the result that the video received over 200,000 hits in less than 48 hours!


Chopin Scherzo 2, St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee, August 2013

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