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 Radios 3 and 4.Read More
Collaboration with composers is a large portion of Joseph’s work, and he has premiered new pieces for solo piano by composers including Colin Matthews, Christian Mason, Michael Zev Gordon, Martin Suckling, Charlotte Bray, Thomas Simaku, and Simon Holt.
After studying at York University and Royal College of Music, Houston has been a selected artist on the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists and winner of the 2nd Prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition, a Help Musicians UK ‘Emerging Excellence’ award and a Park Lane Group Young Artist.
He has worked frequently as a soloist with ensembles and orchestras, performing works by John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, Brahms, Stravinsky, Michael Zev Gordon and Tchaikovsky.
The solo pianist, Joseph Houston, and the soprano-pianist partnership of Louise Alder and Gary Matthewman acquitted themselves with such distinction that I ended up wishing they had been credited good enough to occupy an evening of their own... Two similarly brief piano pieces by Charlotte Bray... seemed an unfair way to profile this promising composer. The fact that Houston made musical sense of them - and handled with aplomb the contrasting demands of more substantial pieces by [Colin] Matthews and Michael Zev Gordon - spoke well of his versatility and flair
Andrew Clarke, The Financial Times