Conductor Joseph Jones is particularly dedicated to the music of the Austro-Germanic symphonic canon such as Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler as well as 20th century American masters including Barber, Copland and Piston. He also very much enjoys conducting works by lesser performed composers such as Bruch, Chausson, and Zemlinsky.
Joseph began his professional musical career at the age of 13, when he served as the violinist for the Theatre Company of Rhode Island. While in high school he performed as a violinist with the Rhode Island College Symphony and Chamber orchestras and performed chamber music with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. As a tenor-baritone he has been active singing professionally as a chorister and soloist and has also been a performing member of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale, Bryant Singers and the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus. Most active as a timpanist-percussionist, Joseph was the first timpanist of the Londowntowne Symphony Orchestra. He was for two seasons a timpanist with the Senior Orchestra of the Greater Boston Youth Symphonies in which capacity he performed throughout Boston and in Europe. In addition to professional, substitute engagements and performances in honours ensembles, Joseph also spent single seasons as timpanist with the MIT Summer Philharmonic, the Longy School of Music Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Natick, performing in the greater Boston area.
Joseph's interest in composition began with his piano studies as a child and he began to work as a serious composer at the age of 15. His current catalogue includes works for chamber ensembles, string and full orchestra, and voice with orchestra. His principal teachers include Nicholas Maw and Samuel Adler, and he has also participated in lessons and masterclasses with Roger Cichy, Anthony Brandt, Dominic Muldowney, William Bolcom, George Crumb, David Crumb, Dalit Warshaw, Tristan Murail, and Robert Xavier Rodriguez. His works have been performed at Peabody, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC.
Joseph developed his interest in conducting at an early age. After beginning to cultivate it with independent score study at the age of 14 he began a course of study with Dr. Harlan Parker at the Peabody Conservatory. In November 2004 he made his operatic debut with Capitol Opera, Harrisburg, as conductor and music director in four performances of Mascagni's L'amico Fritz. In the summer of 2005 Joseph was awarded a fellowship to study at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and was at that time the youngest conductor ever to receive a fellowship to that program. Joseph studied with David Zinman and Murray Sidlin, conducting the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra in masterclass readings and concerts. Joseph is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the 'Orchestra Amadeus', a project based in New York City which performs benefit concerts for humanitarian causes.
Other recent activities have included a conducting apprenticeship with the New York Youth symphony, a fellowship with the Allentown (Pa.) Symphony orchestra and serving as assistant conductor with the National Music Festival and Gulf Coast Symphony (Fort Myers, Florida). Joseph has also appeared with the Moscow Symphony, the Kuban Symphony (Krasnodar, Russia), and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Coyo (Mendoza, Argentina.) He has also participated in masterclasses with orchestras such as the Omaha Symphony and Rose City Chamber Orchestra, and with conductors David Zinman, Vladimir Ponkin, Michael Morgan, Murray Sidlin, Daniel Lewis, Thomas Wilkins, Mark Gibson, Victoria Bond, and Achim Houloub.
Joseph studied composition, conducting, and viola at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
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