At 34, Joseph Tawadros is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, Joseph performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique, deep musicianship and joyous style of performance.
His drive to push musical boundaries has led to many collaborations with significant performers and a solid repertoire of innovative, original music. He has recorded 14 albums – Storyteller, Rouhani, Visions, Epiphany, Angel, The Prophet: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Kahlil Gibran, The Hour of Seperation, Band of Brothers, Concerto of the Greater Sea, Chameleons of the White Shadow, Permission to Evaporate, Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors, World Music, Live at Abbey Road and his latest offering, The Bluebird,The Mystic and the Fool.
Joseph has received 14 nominations and won four ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014 for Best World Music Album, and 2017 for Best Soundtrack in his contribution to the score of Ali’s
A resident of Sydney since 1986, Joseph was nominated for Young Australian of the Year in 2014, received the NSW Premier’s medal for Arts and Culture in the same year and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (AM) for his services to music and composition in 2016.
Joseph is acknowledged for expanding the oud’s notoriety in mainstream western culture and has also been recognised in the Arab world, appearing on the judging panel of the Damascus International Oud competition in 2009, and taking part in Istanbul’s first Oud festival in 2010.
He has toured extensively, headlining in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East, and has collaborated with celebrated artists such as Zakir Hussain, Sultan Khan, Béla Fleck, John Abercrombie, John Patitucci, Jack
DeJohnette, Richard Bona, Roy Ayers, Joey DeFrancesco, Howard Johnson, Jean Louis Matinier, Ivry Gitlis, Camerata Salzburg, Christian McBride, Neil Finn, Mike Stern and Gotye.
He has also performed and recorded with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of Ancient Music in London. Making him the first and only Australian composer whose music has been performed by this prestigious orchestra. He has regularly performed with the Sydney, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony orchestras and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a BBC Prom last year performing his own compositions with this orchestra at the Dubai Opera House. He also composed, performed and premiered his own Oud Concerto with the Mel-
bourne Symphony Orchestra in the same year.
This year see him in a solo concert at the BBC Proms in London.