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Cellist, composer, and teacher of cello and music theory in London and St Albans District (Herts)
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Joseph Davies (MA MPerf Art Dip) is a cellist, composer, and teacher based in London and the St Albans District of Hertfordshire. As a chamber musician and recitalist, he is often invited to perform at international festivals with artists such as the Wihan Quartet, Patrick Hemmerle and the Duo Concertante. He has broadcast for Radio 3’s In Tune programme and on Classic FM, has recorded for Seawolf Records, and has worked with the Lucerne Festival Academy, the London Sinfonietta and the Britten Sinfonia. Previously he was a student of Johannes Goritzki (Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana), Melissa Phelps (RCM), Moray Welsh, Guy Johnston and Nicholas Jones (Chetham's School of Music). He has been supported by the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, the John Lewis Partnership, Trinity College, Cambridge, the Harpenden Music Foundation and the Deena Shypitka Awards. As a composer, his music has been performed by the BBC orchestras, Alison Balsom and the Manchester Camerata. When teaching, he aims to develop the whole musician, drawing on his background of practical and academic training. He has taught for El Sistema de Orquestas Guatemala, for the Britten Sinfonia Academy and with the RCM Sparks initiative in addition to his private teaching, and has contributed articles about teaching to music periodicals. His cello is a modern instrument after Guadagnini by Robin Aitchison.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
Encore awards
6th Encoreversary
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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Musicologist, Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Examiner
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Song list

Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel: Cello Concerto in A minor, H 432
Dvořák, Antonín: Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104
Elgar, Edward: Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
Haydn, Franz Josef: Cello Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIb:1; Cello Concerto in D major, Hob. VIIb:2
Lalo, Édouard: Cello Concerto in D minor
Saint-Säens, Camille: First Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op. 33
Schumann, Robert: Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129
Shostakovich, Dmitri: Concerto in E-flat major, op. 107
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich: Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Six Suites for Solo Cello, BWV 1007-1012
Berio, Luciano: Les mots sont allés..., for solo cello (1978)
Britten, Benjamin: First Cello Suite, op. 72; Second Cello Suite, op. 80
Carter, Elliott: Figment, for Cello Alone (1994)
Dutilleux, Henri: Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher, for solo cello (1976)
Harvey, Jonathan: Ricercare una melodia, for cello and electronics (1984)
Hindemith, Paul: Sonata for Violoncello Solo, op. 25/3
Kodaly, Zoltan: Sonata for Solo Cello, op. 8
Reger, Max: Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello, op. 131c
Saariaho, Kaija: Sept Papillons, for solo cello (2000)
Veress, Sandor: Sonata, for solo cello (1967)
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G Major, BWV 1027, and D major, BWV 1028
Barber, Samuel: Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 6
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Sonata for Piano and Cello in F major, op. 5/1; Sonata for Piano and Cello in G
minor, op. 5/2; Sonata for Piano and Horn or Cello in F major, op. 17; Twelve Variations on Ein
Mädchen oder Weibchen, op. 66; Sonata for Piano and Cello in A major, op. 69; Sonata for Piano and
Cello in C major, op. 102/1; Sonata for Piano and Cello in D major, op. 102/2; Seven Variations on Bei
Männern, welche Liebe fühlen, WoO 46
Boulanger, Nadia: Trois Pièces
Brahms, Johannes: Cello Sonata in E minor, op. 38; Cello Sonata in F major, op. 99
Carter, Elliott: Cello Sonata (1948)
Debussy, Claude: Sonata for Cello and Piano, L 135
Fauré, Gabriel: Aprés un rêve, op. 7/1; Elegy in C minor, op. 24; Romance in A major, op. 69; Papillon,
op. 77
Franck, César: Violin Sonata in A major, FWV 8 (arranged for cello and piano by Leonard Rose and
Robert Casadesus)
Grieg, Edvard: Cello Sonata in A minor, op. 36
Kodaly, Zoltan: Adagio, for cello and piano (1905)
Lutosławski, Witold: Grave, for cello and piano (1981)
Macmillan, James: Kiss on Wood, for cello and piano (1993)
Martinů, Bohuslav: Variations on a Theme of Rossini, H290; Variations on a Slovak Theme, H 378
Mendelssohn, Felix: Cello Sonata in D major, op. 58; Song Without Words, op. 109
Messiaen, Olivier: Louange á l’Éternité de Jésus, from Quatour pour la fin du temps
Miaskovsky, Nicolai: Cello Sonata in D Major, op. 12
Popper, David: Elfentanz, op. 39
Prokofiev, Sergei: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, op. 119
Rachmaninov, Sergei: Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, op. 19; Vocalise, from Fourteen Romances,
op. 34
Ravel, Maurice: Pièce en forme de Habanera, M 51
Schubert, Franz: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano, D 821
Schumann, Robert: Fantasy Pieces, op. 73; Five Pieces in Folk Style, op. 102
Stravinsky, Igor: Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella)
Webern, Anton: Two Pieces for Cello and Piano (1899); Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, op. 11
Zemlinsky, Alexander von: Cello Sonata (1894)
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I perform as a soloist, with piano, and in string quartets. I can arrange other groups as required.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I have been in charge of concert series in the past so I know the stresses involved with organising events! Always feel free to ask when changes occur and I'll try to accommodate them.

How much time do you need to set up?

This depends on the event and the venue, but for solo performances and those with small groups 30 minutes is normally more than enough.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, and please feel free to request others. Some pieces require more preparation time than others so it is best to inquire early.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, although I'm unable to provide equipment for works requiring live electronics.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, please let me know! I'm also happy to offer specially composed pieces for your event based on personal texts, images or ideas (there is a charge for this service based on the length and instrumentation of the piece required).

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Audiences often comment that they enjoy the thoughtfulness and concentration of my playing, as well as the enthusiasm I bring to repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Festival Hall, London Royal Albert Hall, London Wigmore Hall, London Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg Philharmonie, Cologne KKL, Lucerne Palazzina Liberty, Milan Rudolfinum, Prague Akademia Muzyczna, Krakov Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Pablo Casals Emanuel Feuermann Gaspar Cassadó Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Ian Bostridge Sarah Vaughan Carlos Kleiber John Eliot Gardiner Radu Lupu Glenn Gould

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

My music was once performed at the last night of the Proms, but as a performer I'd say it was either playing with the London Sinfonietta in the Royal Festival Hall, or with my string quartet in the Wigmore Hall, or appearing as a soloist in the Dvorak and Shostakovich Cello Concertos.


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Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£360


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Noah M, 1 year ago

Joe Davies has played for three runs of two of my operas; Mad King Suibhne at Bury Court Opera and Aurora at Bury Court Opera and at Grimeborn Opera Festival, the Arcola. In both he played a solo cello part in long world premieres, 1 hour 45 mins and 2 hours 30 mins respectively. His quality of tone meant all the soloistic passages were beautifully played. He was musically sensitive, and blended and supported intelligently when necessary. His concentration and professionalism ensured he consistently delivered beautiful performances in these long pieces throughout the runs. He was always punctual to rehearsals, normally at least 15 minutes early. He has a very positive, calm and constructive attitude in the rehearsal room and is very easy to work with, and to discuss with directly. I couldn’t suggest him highly enough.

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David I, 3 years ago

I have known Joseph Davies for many years. He has a sound technique and an ability to communictate with an audience. I have always been very impressed with his musicianship, efficiency and reliability and would have no hesitation in recommending him warmly.

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