Uniondale, New York, whose mother informed his
early music education, playing the records of Jussi
Bjoerling, Fritz Kreisler, and John
McCormack. Joseph may also have
been influenced by the parish priest, who visited often and entertained them
with Irish jigs and reel on the fiddle. There was one recording, however,
that thoroughly captured Joseph’s imagination: Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Violin
Concerto in D” as performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and
soloist, Jascha Heifetz.
quite the swimmer, as well, but he respectfully declined a full scholarship
to pursue music instead. He
attended the State University of New York in Albany
and Yale University, earning a Bachelor’s
and Master’s degree, respectively. His teachers included Nathan
Gottschalk, Jacqueline McCann, and Joseph Silverstein. He enhanced his education by
participating at the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Sarasota Music
Festival, and Tanglewood.
In 1976, while
serving as the concertmaster for the Boston University Symphony Orchestra,
he and his colleagues placed second in the Herbert von Karajan International
Orchestra Competition in Berlin,
One of his
earliest recordings may only be available through the Library of Congress: On 24th June 1977, he took
part in the American Harp Society National Conference, which was held in Boston, Massachusetts. The program comprised Karl Kohn’s
“Souvenirs II”, Sergiu Natra’s “Divertimento”, Ned Rorem’s
“Book of Hours”, Gunther Schuller’s “Fantasy”, and Michael Seyfrit’s “Sleepwalk”.
pursuing his doctorate at Boston
University in 1978 when
he auditioned and won a spot with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other groups with whom he has worked
include the Albany Community Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the New
Hampshire Philharmonic, the North Shore Philharmonic, the Pioneer Valley
Symphony, and the Yale Philharmonia.
In 1983, he
made an appearance on the small screen when he and three of his fellow BSO
artists performed Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins
in B minor” with the Boston Pops Orchestra on PBS.
He was the
featured soloist on 13th April 1985 when the New Hampshire
Philharmonic performed Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” at
the Dana Center
In the 1990s
and beyond, he appeared on several recordings, most of them with the Boston
Pops, such as America, American Visions, The Celtic Album, Chris Botti in
Boston, Holiday Pops, My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration,
and A Splash of Pops. He also did a chamber album with
Deborah DeWolf and Steve Emery entitled An Evening of Music in 2004.
March 2006, the BSO joined forces with mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, who performed her husband Peter’s “Neruda
Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra”. The evening was rounded out by
Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92”, Elliott Carter’s
“Three Illusions”, and Richard Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28”.
in 2010, after more than three decades of service to the BSO. Two of his last performances took
place in the spring and summer of that year. In April and May, they teamed up
with Emanuel Ax for Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 4”
which was sandwiched between the master’s “Leonore
Overture No. 2” and Bela Bartok’s “Concerto
for Orchestra. Arabella Steinbacher was the
guest soloist when they performed—fittingly—Beethoven’s “Violin
Concerto in D, Op. 61” on 8th August 2010, an evening that
culminated with Antonin Dvorak’s “Symphony
No. 8 in G, Op. 88”.
In the field
of education, Joseph has served on the faculties the Boston Conservatory and
the New England Conservatory of Music.