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Joseph Middleton

Described in BBC Music Magazine as ‘one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder’, the pianist Joseph Middleton specialises in the art of chamber music and song accompaniment. He performs and records with many of the world’s finest singers in major music centres across Europe, the Americas and Far East.

Joseph Middleton has enjoyed partnerships with Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Carolyn Sampson, Sarah Connolly, Ian Bostridge, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Joan Rodgers, Ann Murray, Wolfgang Holzmair, Iestyn Davies, Christiane Karg and Katarina Karnéus in venues including New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Cologne Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Zürich Tonhalle, Paris Musée d’Orsay and London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. He is a regular guest at Festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Aldeburgh, BBC Proms, Brighton, Cheltenham, City of London, Edinburgh, Munich, Ravinia, Toronto and Vancouver and is heard frequently on BBC Radio 3 as a soloist, chamber musician and curator of his own song series. His fast-growing, award-winning discography includes ‘Fleurs’ with Carolyn Sampson, nominated for a Gramophone Award.

Born in Gloucestershire, Joseph Middleton graduated with an M.Phil. from the University of Birmingham before studying the piano on an EMI Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. He is now a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, director of the Leeds Lieder Festival and resident musician at Pembroke College, Cambridge.


I wonder as I wander
Songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler and Britten
The Contrast - English Poetry in Song
Carolyn Sampson - Reason in Madness
Carolyn Sampson - A Soprano’s Schubertiade
Lost is my Quiet - Duets and solo songs
'Sheer delight' The Sunday Times
A Verlaine Songbook
Carolyn Sampson - Fleurs
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