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