Accordion Postcards mailed from the Future; Toronto to Tokyo, BBC3 to the Berlin Philharmonie.
Joseph Petric’s fearless innovations and interpretations have been noted by the international press as “extraordinary, eloquent…moving” (Boston Globe) and “union of poetic imagination…..profound musicianship” (Halifax Chronicle Herald). His international debut in Washington DC and London, England were historic firsts and critically acclaimed. Laureate of the BBC3 and CBC National Radio Auditions, he was the first instrumentalist granted the designation Friend of Canadian Music as “a legendary collaborator, a pre-eminent international performer with an unwavering trajectory of excellence on the world stage” (Canadian Music Centre).
An international soloist, Joseph also moves effortlessly across artistic boundaries in the ensembles Trio Diomira, Diaspora, Erosonic, Bellows and Brass, Duo Contempera, the Winterreise Project with Christoph Prégardien, the Petric-Forget Duo, Baroque Postcards and Petric-Kuo Duo, in performances of “the perfect seduction…mesmerizing” (Phillips Gallery Washington), “a glittering exhibit…” (Chicago Tribune). His performance in the multi-disciplinary production of Linda Bouchard’s Murderous Little World with Bellows and Brass at Disney Centre was noted for “…sheer brilliance” (Los Angeles Times).
Joseph has debuted 13 concertos written for him by a roster of international composers including Peter Paul Koprowski, Denis Gougeon, Brian Current, James Rolfe, Howard Skempton, Gunnar Valkare, Omar Daniel, and Paul Frehner.
A champion of contemporary works, Joseph’s opus of 251 commissions includes the creation of a unique genre with CD playback, digital delay, computer ensemble, computers, live video, and live software applications. He commissioned numerous women composers decades before it was politically correct including Norma Beecroft, L.C. Smith, Janika Vandervelde, Micheline Roi, Rose Bolton, Jocelyn Morlock and others. His opus is now the focus of a dissertation for the University of Gdansk in Poland’s first accordion PHD.
Accordionist of choice at international festivals such as Domaine Forget, Washington Festival, Southbank London, Huddersfield Festival, Tokyo Spring, Agora IRCAM, Schubertiade Hohenems, Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, Winnipeg and Tanglewood, his performances were noted as “miraculous, astonishing…”(Winnipeg Free Press) and “strong, committed, particularly memorable” (New York Times).
Joseph’s discography includes 32 titles. His album “Orbiting Garden” (Centrediscs) a “dizzying….elaborate…riveting…an absorbing and impressively played recital.” (Gramophone, London) received a JUNO nomination. He was awarded Prix Opus (Best Recording) 2011 and appears on the ATMA, Chandos, Naxos, Astrila, Odeofon, Centrediscs, MusicaViva, CBC5000 Series, and ConAccord labels. He has appeared on CBC TV, SRC-TV, EU TV-5 and has been broadcast on NHK, NPR, CBC, SRC, BBC3, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Serbian Radio systems.
As artistic director, he staged the first Canadian performance of the Complete Berio Sequenzas in Toronto 2013 with David Hetherington, the Big Squeeze Accordion Festival, the Glenn Gould Studio Virtuosi Series and the Carte Blanche Series for Société Radio Canada in Montreal 2000 and Québéc Cité 2004. Teaching has always been integral to Joseph’s work. He regularly gives masterclasses, recitals and lectures at major European institutions including London’s RAM, Amsterdam Conservatory, Trossingen Hochschule, Copenhagen Conservatory, Sibelius and Jyvaskylla. He works with international students in his Toronto studio on a regular basis.
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.