Whilst finishing his final year at the University of Manchester, achieving a first class honours degree in Mathematics, Joe gained admission to the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music on viola. He is now studying for a MA degree there with Martin Outram and Jane Rogers. Recent projects include a programme of Harrison Birtwistle's music with the Academy Manson Ensemble, and Academy Concert Orchestra under Marin Alsop and Pablo Heras-Casado.
Joe is the violist of the Arensky String Quartet and the Aurora Trio which combines flute, viola and harp. Both ensembles have recitals in a number of venues across the capital and wider region in the next few months.
Joe's ambition is to have an orchestral playing career. He has a passion for opera and large symphonic repertoire, as well as historical and contemporary performance. Future ventures include organisation of a Brandenburg Concerto cycle and an investigation into the role of the viola in the world of jazz. Joe plays a fine modern viola by James Stephenson.