Accordionist, teacher, writer, published author, producer, artistic director.
Joseph Petric made his American debut at Washington’s Kennedy Centre in 1986 and his European debut at London’s St. John’s Smith Square. His subsequent collaborations with managements in Paris, London, Toronto, and New York 1986 -2010 led to performances in Asia, North America, Scandanavia, the UK, Europe, the Middle East and former Soviet East Block countries, with appearances at London’s Southbank Centre, Seiji Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Franz Berwald Hall (Stockholm), Agora Festival IRCAM (Paris), Hohenems Schubertiade (Schwarzenburg, Austria), Tel Aviv Opera, the Berlin Philharmonie, and Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Hall. His performances have drawn reviews from the likes of the London Independent, the Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune, Berliner Tage, the Boston Globe, Gramophone and the New York Times. His creations have attracted financial support from the Koussevitsky Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Swedish Reikskonzerter, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has recorded for BBCRadio3, CBC, Societe Radio Canada, NHKJapan and PBS-USA among others.The dedicatee of 220 commissioned works including 12 concertos, he 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, Montreal’s Nouvel Ensemble Modern; internationally with London’s BBC Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Sweden’s Camerata Roman among others.
Cited for his “legendary” contributions and named “Friend of Canadian Music” ( 2005), he was named an “Ambassador of Canadian Music” at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in 2009. He has worked closely with scores of composers, many projects becoming collaborations of long duration. They include Witold Lutoslawski, Howard Skempton, Gunnar Valkare, Pauline Oliveros, Janika Vandervelde; in Canada, Denis Gougeon, John Rea, Brian Current, Peter Paul Koprowski, Omar Daniel, Ramon Pelinski, Yves Daoust, Bob Pritchard, Christos Hatzis, David Jaeger, Brian Cherney, Alcides Lanza, David Mott, Larry Lake, Norma Beecroft, Rose Bolton, Linda C. Smith, Micheline Roi, and Jocelyn Morlock. International festival appearances include Siljan Festival, Bournemouth Festival, Canada Festival Southbank, the Tanglewood Festival, Tokyo Spring Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Montreal’s MnM Festival, and Festival Domaine Forget among others. His book The Concert Accordion -Contemporary Perspectives published by Augemus Press, Germany was noted in the June 2017 ATG (American Accordion Teacher’s Guild) bulletin as a significant contribution to the field. Under his artistic direction, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre hosted The Big Squeeze Accordion Festival (1991); he subsequently directed the Glenn Gould Studio CBC series Virtuosi (1994), Carte Blanche Series (Montreal 2000, Quebec City 2002, 2005) with Societe Radio Canada, and co–directed the first Canadian performance of the Complete Berio Sequenzas 2014 for the University of Toronto New Music Festival.
After a personal sabbatical in 2015 Joseph appeared at the Tokyo Spring Festival 2016 with a live recording for Japanese NHK Radio. Recent appearances include solo, chamber music masterclasses and a concert in collaboration with Professor Hans Maier at the Hochschule fur Musik, accordion department, Trossingen, Germany. Upcoming collaborations include a new production with Venzuelan choreographer Jose Navas and Montreal’s FLAK dance company; a choreographed version of Schubert’s Winterreise with Jose Navas in Europe, the USA and Canada; collaborations with Bob Aitken and Toronto’s New Music Concerts; an homage concert for Montreal’s Societe de Musique Contemporaine de Quebec with the planned world premieres of newly commissioned works by Quebecois composers Yves Daoust, Symon Henry, Simon Martin, Charles-Antoine Frechette, Gabriel Ledoux, and Christina Garcia Islas (Mexico). Other commissioned works for future seasons are being created by composers Peter Togni (for Pro Chora Edmonton), Yves Daoust (for SMCQ), David Mott (for Duo Erosonic), David Jaeger (for Duo Contempera) and Fuhong Shi (Beijing). His far-ranging discography is foundational to the postmodern accordion.
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.