Joseph Havlat (piano)

Joseph Havlat studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Joanna MacGregor, receiving his BMus and MMus with distinction, including awards for exceptional merit in studentship and the highest recital mark for a postgraduate pianist. Joseph has performed in major concert venues around the UK and in Europe, America, Japan and Australia as a soloist and as part of chamber groups. In 2019 he was made a Young Artist at St John's Smith Square where he is to give recitals in the 2020/21 season, and also was awarded the first prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. In the same year he was also made a Young Artist of the Oxford Lieder Festival alongside fellow Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, with whom he works regularly. He is a keen chamber musician as well as frequently collaborating in many other chamber music scenarios. He is also a member of the LSO percussion ensemble with whom he has released a CD on the LSO Live label, including the première recording of John Adams's two-piano work Roll Over Beethoven. He has given performances of concertos by Ligeti, Messiaen, Stravinsky and others, and has collaborated with composers Michael Finnissy, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Gerald Barry and Thomas Larcher. He is also an avid composer. Current projects include the performance and subsequent recording of all of Finnissy's piano concertos with conductor Jack Sheen.