Bio

Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude and with departmental distinction in Philosophy.  Henceforth, he worked in various countries (Cameroon, China and Italy) as an instructor/volunteer in the organic farming/environmental education field.

His passion for music led him to enroll at the “Fundación Cristina Heeren” in Seville where he studied flamenco guitar with maestros Tino Van der Sman and Raul Cantizano amongst others.  With the purpose of studying music theory and solfége, he was accepted at the conservatory “Cristóbal de Morales” where he studied flamenco guitar with Guillermo Ligero Rey and came into contact with early music, first in choir and then with the viola da gamba.

Joseph went on to study viola da gamba with maestro Rami Alqhai for several years in Seville.  He furthered his studies with Fahmi Alqhai in the same city, and has received masterclasses from Vittorio Ghielmi.  Mostly self-taught, he extended his knowledge of the instrument and musicology by participating in various early music festivals:  Muestra Música Antigua de Aracena, Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla, Festival de Música Antigua de Gijón (ESP); Curso Internacional de Música Antiga de Tomar (POR); and the Amherst Early Music Fall Weekend Workshop (USA).

His quest for music has led him to participate in many musical projects:  Os Trasnos (celtic music); Encuentro de Música Árabe con Jamal   Oussini (arabic music); Fado Violado (fado); Orquestra Barroca Cristóbal de Morales, Musica Notturna, Quo Vadis (chamber music); and performing with Jon Kenzie (blues/soul/funky).

Joseph has played in various European countries:  Portugal, Spain, Italy, Finland, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, as well as in the U.S.  He is one of the founding members of Eine glückliche Melange, an international chamber music collective focused primarily on German baroque music. They play regularly at the Hamburg Kunsthalle, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Lichtwarksaal (Hamburg) and many churches in the Hamburg metropolitan area.