Joseph Houston

Suture Soven 2018

Morton Feldman ’Patterns in a Chromatic Field’
Lucy Railton (cello) Joseph Houston (piano)

Catherine Lamb ‚Prisma Interius VIII‘
Catherine Lamb (viola) Rebecca Lane (recorder) Lucy Railton (cello) Joseph Houston (synthesizer)

Joseph Houston is a pianist based in London and Berlin. His wide-ranging curiosity has led to activity in a variety of fields, particularly in contemporary and experimental music. He has performed all over Europe and in China, and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and Albanian national television.  He has worked with a wide range of composers, including, Christian Wolff, Simon Holt, Brian Ferneyhough, Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Mark Barden, Colin Matthews, Charlotte Bray, Louis D’Heudieres, Heather Frasch, Christian Mason, Rebecca Saunders, Stephen Crowe, and Klaus Lang. In 2013 Joseph was selected for Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Award for young concert artists scheme, through which he performed all over the UK.  Other awards include 2nd Prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition, a Help Musicians UK ‚Emerging Excellence‘ award, and a place on City Music Foundation’s young artist scheme. He was also chosen as a Park Lane Group Young Artist in 2013, through which he gave solo recitals at the South Bank Centre’s Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall. Other festival and venue appearances include at the Pirelli HangarBicocca (Milan), BBC Proms, Ухо Festival (Kiev), Occupy the Pianos Festival, Kammer Klang, Kings Place, Piano Salon Christophori (Berlin), Pharos Contemporary Music Festival (Cyprus), Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Köln, International Music Week Festival (Beijing Normal University), BKA Theater (Berlin), St John’s Smith Square, Studio8 (Berlin), Orpheus Instituut (Ghent), and Cheltenham Festival. In May 2016, Joseph gave the world premiere of a new violin and piano work by legendary American composer Christian Wolff (at Kammer Klang, Cafe Oto).  Other recent projects include the premiere of a new solo piano piece by Simon Holt at St John’s Smith Square, London; performances of Ives and Cage with Lore Lixenberg; and a solo performance at Unerhörte Musik (Berlin). Upcoming projects include a recording of solo piano music by Thomas Simaku to be released on Naxos; Feldman’s ‚Patterns in a Chromatic Field‘ with cellist Lucy Railton; the premiere of a new solo piano work by Christian Mason; and performances of Eastman, Nørgård, and Adams at the Lille Piano(s) Festival. Joseph studied at the Royal College of Music and the University of York, where his teachers included Ian Jones, Joan Dixon, Ashley Wass, and Andrew Ball.