Canadian concert accordionist Joseph Petric made his American debut at Washington’s Kennedy Centre in 1986 and European debut at London’s St. John’s Smith Square 1992. His 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 with appearances at London’s Southbank Centre, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Agora Festival IRCAM, Disney Centre Los Angeles, Tel Aviv Opera, the Berlin Philharmonie, and Bunka Kaikan Hall Tokyo among others. Critical appraisal from the London Independent, Washington Post, Berliner Tage, Grammophone, and New York Times.
Joseph Petric’s 240 commissions, including 14 concertos, have been supported by New York’s Koussevitsky Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Swedish Reikskonzerter, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, QALC 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, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Nova Scotia; abroad the BBC Orchestra London, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Sweden’s Camerata Roman. International festival appearances include Siljan, Bournemouth, Tanglewood, Tokyo Spring, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Montreal’s MnM Festival, and Festival Domaine Forget.
In 2013 he co-directed the first Canadian performance of the Complete Berio Sequenzas for the University of Toronto New Music Festival. His manuscript The Concert Accordion -Contemporary Perspectives published Augemus Press 2017 was described by the American Accordion Teacher’s Guild as a “…significant..meticulously researched” contribution to the field.
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.