Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome one of Britain’s most in demand pianists to their roster, Joseph Tong.
Joseph Tong has established a reputation as one of the most versatile and imaginative pianists of his generation. Much in demand as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician, Joseph made his London Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 as winner of the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and now gives regular recitals throughout the UK and abroad.
His recent Sibelius recording project has seen two CDs released on the Quartz label to widespread critical acclaim. Joseph Tong has already made several concert tours to Finland, including recitals at Ainola on the composer’s original Steinway grand piano, the Sibelius Museum in Turku, the Korpo Sibelius Festival, Helsinki Music Centre (Camerata Hall) and Hämeenlinna City Hall.
Joseph Tong has a keen interest in contemporary music and has given premieres of new works in his piano duo with Waka Hasegawa, Piano 4 Hands, by composers including Dai Fujikura, Nicola LeFanu, Robert Keeley, Jonathan Powell, David Matthews, Edwin Roxburgh and the late John McCabe. Piano 4 Hands has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room on the South Bank and the Cheltenham Music Festival as well as in the USA, Germany and Japan.
As soloist, he gave the premiere of ‘The Gate of Dawn’ by Cydonie Banting at the 2018 Presteigne Festival and the chamber ensemble premiere of ‘Dolly Shot’ by Gareth Moorcraft as well as working with Huw Watkins and the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür.
Joseph is currently accepting bookings for recitals and chamber work. Find out more about him and the programmes he’s offering here.
British independent production music company Mediatracks Music Ltd (Mediatracks) is passing to the new ownership of an experienced father-and-son team from 3 September 2021.
Prominent composer and performer Steve Johnson set up Mediatracks in 1996. Fundamental to its success was the personal relationship between Steve and his wife Wendy, and the 80-90 composers who provided music to the collection.
Since Steve’s death in 2019, Wendy has maintained the business with the help of media consultant Dean Mahoney. This included sustaining the all-important personal relationships with the writers, many of whom have been with the company since its formation 25 years ago. These writers remain of vital importance to the company. Wendy now feels it is time to move the business forward by selling it on, and she and the new owners are united in wanting to continue the family-owned ethos established by Steve.
“Steve was a lifelong musician with a passion for music which he brought into the business. The success of the company is due to his hard work, knowledge of the industry and his cherished relationships with the writers. I am so happy that the new owners are a family team with a love for music, and will carry it on into the future with the same dedication and warmth that Steve brought to it throughout its first 25 years.
“I am so grateful to Dean Mahoney who whilst running the business since Steve’s death, has not only maintained the high standard of the library but also developed it further, enhancing the work previously carried out.” – Wendy Johnson
The new owners are Andrew and William Saunders, a father and son team. Andrew is a business leader with experience developing multi-million pound businesses. He will lead on strategic development for Mediatracks. William’s experience is as a professional musician, music consultant, and as Director of Music of a large independent boarding school with a distinguished music tradition. He will bring his creative and innovative approach as well as his musical knowledge and experience.
Andrew and William Saunders said:
“We are very excited to be taking on Mediatracks which has so much musical heritage created by Steve Johnson. Wendy has continued this work over the last two years, and we are looking forward to building on Mediatracks reputation for producing high quality music from its excellent group of writers and composers for a wide range of global customers to meet their specific requirements.”
We are thrilled to welcome Ellie Bowers-Jolley as Polyphony Arts’ Opera Consultant!
Ellie brings to Polyphony Arts a wealth of experience as a freelance Lyric Soprano, Fixer, Opera Chorus Manager, Audition Panelist, Vocal Coach, Adjudicator and Arts Administrator. Elenor is also Creative Director of the Come and Sing Company, who pride themselves on bringing group singing and opera to diverse communities.
Ellie is an active performer, and has performed as soloist for The Monteverdi Choir, The Kings Consort and Capilla Cayrasco. Ellie is also a member of Metro Voices, London Voices, La Nuova Musica, The Audio Network Choir, and is a founder member of the Arkell Ensemble.