today announced the appointment of Joseph Middleton
as their Director. Leeds Lieder is ‘one of the most exuberant and far-reaching festivals of art-song in the UK’ (The Times
) and Middleton’s appointment will seek to continue the organisation’s ‘stimulating exploration of the genre’ (Classical Music Magazine
). An acclaimed pianist, Middleton specialises in the art of song accompaniment and chamber music and has been described by BBC Music Magazine as ‘one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder’ and by The Times as ‘the cream of the new generation’. Regularly appearing in the world’s major music centres and with the finest singers, he will infuse Leeds Lieder with his expertise and passion for song.
Joseph commented: ‘I am passionately committed to the furthering and nurturing of this most special genre, through performances with leading exponents in this field and through thoughtful and stimulating education projects. I have twice performed for Leeds Lieder, with Ann Murray DBE and with Clara Mouriz, and was struck both times by the vibrant enthusiasm Leeds Lieder showed for this repertoire. I now relish the opportunity to work with them and to develop and expand upon the outstanding breadth of performances that have taken place over the past ten years.’
This announcement comes during a wonderful 2014/15 season for Joseph where his recent and forthcoming highlights include appearances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall with Sarah Connolly; a UK tour of Winterreise with Sir Thomas Allen; a recording project for BIS with Carolyn Sampson and recitals with her in Munich, Freiburg and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; appearances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Wigmore Hall with Katarina Karnéus and, with Christiane Karg, a tour of South America, and recitals in Germany, Austria and the Luxembourg Philharmonie. He returns to Wigmore Hall with Lucy Crowe, Christiane Karg, Kitty Whately and the Myrthen Ensemble and curates his own Duparc series for BBC Radio 3 with John Mark Ainsley, Mary Bevan, Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Jane Irwin.
for the full press release.