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“Never less than electrifying and always entertaining, given Joseph’s wild sense of humour and ability to laugh at many taboos, this was a sensational concert…” Performing Arts Hub, August 2017

“OJoseph Tawadros 'Feathers' portrait by Daniel Sponiarne of the most impressive musicians to emerge in Australia … with a dazzling technique dispensing hair-raising tempos… His writing displays a real depth of emotion …revelling in a zest for life and celebration.” – The Australian


“Tawadros had the opulent low notes weeping and the high ones so brittle with anguish that they almost hurt. This, more than all the fiery virtuosity, is his ultimate strength.” John Shand Sydney Morning Herald


Joseph Tawadros AM is a 4-times ARIA award winning master of the Oud, a Middle Eastern lute. He has released 14 albums of original music and is the oud player on the ARIA award winning Ali’s Wedding soundtrack.

Expect a thrilling mix of Middle Eastern, jazz, traditional sounds and contemporary innovations, including pieces from the new album The Bluebird, the Mystic and the Fool.

An innovative cultural collaborator, Joseph pushes the oud into uncharted waters, fusing the Arabic Maqam system with western jazz and improvisation. He sees the oud as much more than an ‘ethnic instrument’

On his three New York albums Joseph recorded with some of the great jazz artists including pianist Matt McMahon (Aus), bassist Christian McBride (US), guitarist John Abercrombie (US), drummer Jack de Johnette, bassist Richard Bona and eclectic banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck. Roy Ayers (vibes), John Patitucci (bass) Mike Stern (guitar) and Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond) also appear on Joseph’s New York sessions – now available as a 3 CD set.

Joseph is touring as a special guest with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in May and June 2018, while also presenting his own concerts around the same time. The ACO will feature Tawadros original pieces in the concerts.

Joseph, 34, was born in Cairo, grew up in Sydney and currently lives in London. He performed at the BBC Proms in Dubai in 2017 and will present a solo recital at the 2018 BBC Proms in London. He premiered his Concerto for Oud and Orchestra with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and in 2019 will present the concerto with Sydney Symphony and other Australian orchestras.

 “The playing throughout is technically astonishing and the interplay between the two brothers displays extraordinary empathy. Amid this fiery brilliance, reflective pieces … demonstrate Tawadros’s emerging maturity as a composer.” Review of Live At Abbey Road, Jan 2018 Songlines Magazine U.K.

11 Singers Lane
Melbourne, Vic 3000