Tedd Joselson, pianist

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?

My parents were great music lovers, and attended endless concerts, operas, etc. I was privileged to join them from the age of 2, and that was the beginning…..

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?

As a youngster I revered – and still do – the older, golden age musicians, who always influences somehow. Now, the younger generation have so much to say that the tide turns.

What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?

Music is a way of life. I never felt any difficulties with any particular aspect. Perfection is hardly achievable, but honesty, integrity, clarity of vision – given attributes – are the forces which enable me to recreate in a fulfilling manner.

How do you work with an orchestra, and how do you see your role?

Listening is always key. Concentration is part of communication. In combination, everyone is involved and should feel as one. Our own emotional reaction to the music and how we communicate that with audiences is what individualises our performance.

Is there one work you would love to play?

I’ve been thinking about the Prokofiev 5, which is the only one of his concertos I haven’t played.

Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in and why?

Carnegie, Royal Festival Hall, Concertgebouw, Severance, Suntory… So many!

Who are your favourite musicians?

So many! Every musician has a message. We listen and learn from everyone.

As a musician, what is your definition of success?

Achieving a musical goal with whatever we have available – intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?

Work hard, be patient, listen very carefully, deliver a clear message and never be concerned with criticism.

Where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?

I am one of the luckiest people in the world. I knew what I believed I could do well and have enjoyed every minute of my life and career. If I could rewind it somehow, I would like to do it all over again!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Surrounded by loving, interesting, stimulating people who make this planet a better place.

What is your most treasured possession?

A small beautiful bible given to me by my dear late parents for my Bar-Mitzvah.

What is your present state of mind?

Very positive, in all ways

Pianist Tedd Joselson has recorded the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Grieg Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the RPO, both conducted by Arthur Fagen, and available on the Signum Classics label


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