Joseph Tawadros AM, is a multi-award-winning composer and virtuoso player of the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. He was born in Cairo, grew up in Australia and is now based in London. Joseph’s music brings middle-eastern, classical and jazz together seamlessly and he is considered by peers and music critics to be a truly original contemporary performer and an innovative composer.
He has worked with a broad range of musical luminaries from many cultures and genres. Joseph collaborated with US jazz legends including the late John Abercrombie, Christian McBride, Mike Stern, Joey Defrancesco and Jack DeJohnette. He has performed with world music practitioners including Sarangi Master Sultan Khan, Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck, Balake Sissoko, Mamadou Diabate, Kazui Sawai, Tinarawen, Richard Bona, Jean Louis Matinier, Afro Moses and the Gypsy Kings.
Joseph performs as a soloist, in small ensembles, with jazz groups and with orchestras. Recently these included BBC Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Ukrainian National Orchestra, Morphing Chamber Orchestra and the O’Modernt Quartet. Melbourne Symphony premiered the Tawadros Concerto for Oud and Orchestra in 2017 and in 2019 the concerto will be performed with Sydney Symphony
“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
“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.