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Teacher Joseph Spooner

United Kingdom


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Joseph Spooner’s work as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist has taken him across the UK, and to Europe and Russia. He has a wide concerto repertoire and has performed at major venues, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank. He takes a particular interest in contemporary music, and his work with various contemporary music ensembles, particularly Continuum, has included performances at the high-profile festivals and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Joseph is currently the cellist of the Summerhayes Piano Trio, the Mühlfeld Trio and Camarada.

Joseph was for several years the cellist of the Almira String Quartet, which performed throughout the UK and abroad. In addition to its concert work, the Quartet ran an annual competition for new works for the medium at the Birmingham Conservatoire and undertook educational work.

He is an ardent advocate of neglected repertoire, and this is reflected in his discography. His recordings for Meridian, ASV, asc, NMC and Dutton – by composers such as Aaron Copland, Alan Bush, Alexander Krein, Alan Rawsthorne and Roger Smalley – have been critically acclaimed. He has recently recorded the recently rediscovered cello sonata by Sir George Dyson with David Owen-Norris for Dutton.

Joseph was a Wingate scholar under Derek Simpson at the Royal Academy of Music. Previously he read Classics at Cambridge and continued his academic studies with an MA and PhD in Greek papyrology at London and Florence universities. His work on Homeric papyri was published in Florence in 2002.

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This cellist was posted by Keith Hall and last edited on 2 June 2004 at 4:05:13 PM.