Freitags am Kanal: Joseph Maria Antonio

30.10. 2015, um 19:30 Uhr



Born in the United States to a Portuguese family, Joseph earned his bachelor’s
degree cum laude and with departmental distinction in Philosophy. Henceforth,
he worked in various countries (Cameroon, China and Italy) as an
instructor/volunteer in the organic farming/environmental education field.

Joseph’s passion for music led him to enroll at the “Fundación Cristina Heeren” in
Seville where he studied flamenco guitar with maestros Tino Van der Sman and
Raul Cantizano amongst others. With the purpose of studying music theory and
solfége, he applied and was accepted at the conservatory “Cristóbal de Morales” where he
studied flamenco guitar with Guillermo Ligero Rey and came into contact with
early music, first in choir and then with the viola da gamba.

Joseph went on to study viola da gamba with maestro Rami Alqhai for several
years in Seville. He continued his studies with Fahmi Alqhai in the same city,
and has received masterclasses from Vittorio Ghielmi. Mostly self-taught, he
furthers his knowledge of the instrument and musicology by participating in
various early music festivals: Muestra Música Antigua de Aracena, Festival
de Música Antigua de Sevilla, Festival de Música Antigua de Gijón (ESP);
Curso Internacional de Música Antiga de Tomar (POR); and the Amherst
Early Music Fall Weekend Workshop (USA).

His quest for music has led him to participate in many musical projects: Os
Trasnos (Celtic music); Encuentro de Música Árabe con Jamal Oussini (Arabic
music); Fado Violado (fado) plus diverse groups of chamber music (Orquestra
Barroca Cristóbal de Morales, Musica Notturna, Quo Vadis, etc.). Joseph has
played in various European countries: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Finland, Austria and
Germany, as well as in the U.S. He is one of the founding members of Eine glückliche Melange, an international chamber music collective focused primarily on German baroque music. They play regularly at the Hamburg Kunsthalle, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Lichtwarksaal (Hamburg) and many churches in the Hamburg metropolitan area.