Canadian concert accordionist, teacher, author, palimpsest re-creator, producer, artistic director.
Joseph Petric made his American debut at Washington’s Kennedy Centre in 1986 and European debut at London’s St. John’s Smith Square. His subsequent collaborations with managements in Paris, London, Toronto, and New York 1986 -2010 garnered performances in Asia, North America, Scandanavia, Europe, the Middle East and former Soviet East Block countries and the venues London’s Southbank Centre, Seiji Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), Liszt Academy (Budapest), Franz Berwald Hall (Stockholm), Agora Festival IRCAM (Paris), Hohenems Schubertiade (Schwarzenburg, Austria), Tel Aviv Opera, the Berlin Philharmonie, and Bunka Kaikan Hall Tokyo among others. Critical acclaim has come from the likes of the London Independent, the Washington Post, Berliner Tage, Boston Globe, Grammophone, Musical Opinion and the New York Times.
Petric has been the recipient of generous institutional support including New York’s Koussevitsky Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Swedish Reikskonzerter, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has recorded for BBCRadio3, CBC, Societe Radio Canada, NHKJapan and PBS-USA and has appeared as soloist with most major Canadian symphonies, including the the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver CBC Radio Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Symphony Nova Scotia, and abroad BBC Orchestra London, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Sweden’s Camerata Roman. Petric’s International festival appearances include Siljan Festival, Bournemouth Festival, Southbank London, Tanglewood Festival, Tokyo Spring Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Montreal’s MnM Festival, and Festival Domaine Forget among others.
The dedicatee of 231 works including 13 concertos, his commissions have been embraced by two new generations of accordionists. In 2017 the Karl Szymonowski Conservatory in Katowice, Poland accepted a PhD proposal to publish a dissertation devoted entirely to his chamber music and electroacoustic commissons..
In 2005 he became the first instrumentalist to be named “Friend of Canadian Music” ( 2005), and in 2009 he was named an “Ambassador of Canadian Music” at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. He has worked closely with scores of composers, many projects becoming notable collaborations respecting gender balance including Witold Lutoslawski, Howard Skempton, Denis Gougeon, John Rea, Brian Current, Peter Paul Koprowski, Bob Pritchard, Christos Hatzis, David Jaeger, Pauline Oliveros, Janika Vandervelde, Norma Beecroft, Rose Bolton, Linda C. Smith, Micheline Roi and Jocelyn Morlock.
His manuscript The Concert Accordion -Contemporary Perspectives published by Augemus Press 2017 was noted by the American Accordion Teacher’s Guild as a significant contribution to the field. He was artistic director of Toronto’s Big Squeeze Accordion Festival (1991), the Glenn Gould Studio CBC series Virtuosi (1994), Carte Blanche Series (Montreal 2000, Quebec City 2002, 2005) for Societe Radio Canada, and with David Hetherington, co-directed the first performance of the Complete Berio Sequenzas 2013 for the University of Toronto New Music Festival.
Recent appearances include masterclasses and concerts at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Hochschule fur Musik, Trossingen, Germany. Upcoming collaborations include a choregraphed version of Schubert’s Die Winterreise with Jose Navas; Bob Aitken and New Music Concerts, Montreal’s Societe de Musique Contemporaine de Quebec, the world premiere of Cheil Meijering’s triple concerto and Pentaedre. Petric’s commissioning continues apace with the delivery in 2018 of new works by Peter Togni, Yves Daoust, David Mott, Cristina Garcia Islas (MX), Fuhong Shi (CHI), Symon Henry, Charles-Antoine Frechette, Simon Martin, Jose Evangelista. The 2018-2019 season includes appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall and Mexico City’s Festival Manuel Enriquez.
Joseph’s Faves: Bernstein conducting from the piano, Mozart’s Piano Concert 453 G major, Stevie Ray Vaughn Texas Flood, Joan Osborne with the Funk Brothers and Leonard Berstein – Vienna conducting Mozart’s Dies Irae.