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Joseph Tawadros

“One 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

Joseph Tawadros AM is a leading Oud virtuoso, composer and 7-time ARIA-award winner.

Joseph was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2016. Born in Cairo, his chosen instrument, the Oud is an Arabic lute. He is established as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. A virtuoso of diversity and sensitivity, Joseph performs in concert halls worldwide and is known for his brilliant technique, deep musicianship and joyous style of performance.

Joseph’s drive to push musical boundaries has inspired collaborations with diverse performers and a solid repertoire of innovative, original music. He performs live as a soloist, in duo with his brother James on Egyptian percussion, with his jazz quartet or with chamber orchestras and symphony orchestras all over the world.

Joseph has performed his own works with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Melbourne, WA and Adelaide Symphony, Ukraine National Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Academy of Ancient Music and his Concerto for Oud & Orchestra with Sydney Symphony was performed and released by ABC Australia in 2019. He has recorded his music with jazz luminaries including John Abercrombie, Jack de Johnette, Roy Ayers, Bela Fleck, Mike Stern, Joey DeFrancesco, Richard Bona and Christian McBride and his songs have been performed and recorded by The Song Company and Andreas Scholl.

Find out more on Joseph’s website.

A bearded man in vibrant clothes and a hat poses for a photo with an oud (middle eastern stringed instrument)