Joseph Houston is a pianist based in London and Berlin. His wide-ranging curiosity has led to activity in a variety of fields, particularly in contemporary and experimental music. He has performed all over Europe and in China, and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and Albanian national television.
He has worked with a wide range of composers, including Christian Wolff, Simon Holt, Brian Ferneyhough, Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Mark Barden, Colin Matthews, Charlotte Bray, Louis D’Heudieres, Heather Frasch, Christian Mason, Rebecca Saunders, Stephen Crowe and Klaus Lang.
In 2013 Houston was selected for Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists concert scheme, through which he performed all over the UK. Other awards include Second Prize in the British Contemporary Piano Competition, a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence Award, and a place on the City Music Foundation’s young artist scheme. He was also chosen as a Park Lane Group Young Artist in 2013, through which he gave solo recitals at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.
Other festival and venue appearances include performances at the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan, the BBC Proms, Occupy the Pianos Festival, Kammer Klang, St John’s Smith Square and Kings Place in London, УхоFestival in Kiev, Piano Salon Christophori, BKA-Theater and Studio8 in Berlin, the International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival in Cyprus, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Köln, the International Music Week Festival at Beijing Normal University, the Orpheus Instituut, Ghent, and Cheltenham Festival.
In May 2016 Houston gave the world premiere of a new violin and piano work by legendary American composer Christian Wolff at Kammer Klang, Cafe Oto. Other recent projects include the premiere of a new solo piano piece by Simon Holt at St John’s Smith Square, London, performances of Ives and Cage with Lore Lixenberg, and a solo performance at Unerhörte Musik, Berlin. Upcoming projects include Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field with cellist Lucy Railton; the premiere of a new solo piano work by Christian Mason, and performances of Eastman, Nørgård, and Adams at the Lille Piano(s) Festival. Houston studied at the Royal College of Music and the University of York, where his teachers included Ian Jones, Joan Dixon, Ashley Wass, and Andrew Ball.
For more information, visit www.josephhouston.co.uk.