Joseph Houston is a British pianist active in the fields of contemporary and experimental music. Based in Berlin, he performs a wide range of repertoire, recent performances including Feldman, Jennifer Walshe, Scarlatti, Rebecca Saunders, Ives, Klaus Lang, Bartók, Catherine Lamb, and Chiyoko Szlavnics. He plays regularly in festivals and venues across Europe both as a soloist and with other artists.
Joseph aims to create unique and immersive programmes that combine works from various musical worlds, generating a whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts, while involving himself as much as possible in the compositional process of new commissions. He believes music is fundamentally collaborative and is particularly interested in works that challenge the traditional composer-performer-listener triangle; use performance practice as a compositional parameter; and intensely explore the sonic possibilities of the instrument. He works on a project-by-project basis, building programmes that explore these ideas.
Recent highlights include solo performances at Donaueschinger Musiktage 2019, broadcast on SWR; duos with Sarah Saviet (violin) at Radialsystem as part of Sasha Waltz's ZUHÖREN #4; a CD of chamber music by Thomas Simaku with Quatuor Diotima on BIS; and a recording of Mark Barden's Études 1-3 on WERGO.