Joseph Puglia


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After his solo debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as part of the 2009 Holland Festival, the reviews from the concert were overwhelmingly positive, with the headlines reading “Exceptional Debut Violinist Puglia” (NRC Handelsblad) and “Puglia Brings Hall to a Boil” (De Volkskrant).

Joseph has performed in major concert halls throughout the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (New York), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Cite de la Musique, Salle Pleyel (Paris), and in Australia at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. After hearing a recital, cellist Anner Bylsma was moved to write of his playing “Joey Puglia is the best.” Joseph was a prizewinner in the Vriendenkrans Concours in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Concorso Internazionale “Andrea Postacchini” in Italy, where he was also given a special prize for his performance of Berio’s Sequenza VIII for violin. Highlights from his last concert season included a performance of Ligeti's violin concerto with Asko|Schoenberg and Reinbert de Leeuw, Klas Torstensson's “Pocket-Size violin concerto” for Dutch Radio 4, and recital and chamber music apperances throughout the Netherlands and in Italy and France.

As a chamber musician Joseph has collaborated with the Osiris Trio, Brooklyn Rider Quartet, Vera Beths, Gordan Nikolic, and the Rubens Quartet, as a member in their 2010/2011 season. His performances have been broadcast on television and radio programs in the US, The Netherlands, France, and Australia. He has also recorded chamber music for the Sony Classical and Hungaroton labels. He also performs as a member of Trio Dumas, which was given the Sandor Veress prize in 2009 in Hungary, and plays regularly in the Netherlands, Germany, and Hungary. He has performed in many festivals, such as IMS Prussia Cove (UK), Lucerne (Switzerland), Kneisel Hall (US), Festival dei dui Mondi (Italy), Sacrum Profanum (Krakow), and the Tiberius Festival (Romania).

Joseph is an avid promoter of new music, and performs regularly as concertmaster of the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble. He has participated in the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland and the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, where he worked with Pierre Boulez and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has given many world premieres in Europe and the US, and has worked closely with many of today’s leading composers including John Adams, Peter Eotvos, Heinz Holliger, Oliver Knussen, and Louis Andriessen.

As an orchestra musician, Joseph appears regularly as guest concertmaster in the Netherlands with orchestras such as the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Northern Netherlands Orchestra. He has also appeared as principal second violin of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for concerts in Vienna (Theater an der Wien) and Milan (La Scala).

A native of New York City, Joseph began the violin at age 4 and was accepted to Juilliard’s Pre-College division in 1994 where he studied with Louise Behrend. In 2002, he was accepted to The Juilliard School’s college division with a full scholarship where he earned his Bachelor’s degree studying under Robert and Nicholas Mann, and received his Master of Music degree with the highest possible marks at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 2008, working with Vera Beths. He has also received coachings and played in masterclasses led by Anner Bylsma, Thomas Riebl, and members of the Alban Berg, Hagen, Juilliard, and Guarneri Quartets.


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