Music Recital - Joseph Wolfe and Madeleine Brown

  • Venue


  • Time

    3:15 PM

  • Price

    FREE (Retiring collection)

Free music recital



Mozart Sonata in E flat K. 481

Kodaly Adagio

Debussy Sonata in G minor


Joseph enjoys weaving together a career in conducting, chamber music and teaching.

Joseph studied the violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London and later in Dresden at the Hochschule Carl Maria von Weber. Whilst in Dresden, he founded and conducted the Dresden Kammersinfoniker from 1990 – 1994. After completing his studies in Germany, he returned to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  During this time, he led the Johannes Ensemble. With a clear passion for chamber music, he studied extensively with the Amadeus, Aeolian, Allegri, Borodin, Endellion and Tacaks Quartets.

Soon afterwards Joseph was appointed Co-Principal of the Academia di San Giorgio in Venice where he led various chamber ensembles in concert series in and around Venice. He was also a member of the English Chamber Orchestra for many years.  During this time, he also developed his conducting and was invited to be a Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Centre. Alongside conducting, his passion for chamber music continued with the formation of the Wolfe Quartet, the Duo Wolfe/Zerpa-Falcon and most recently the formation of the Tier 3 Trio.

As a conductor, Joseph has since performed in the major concert halls of the world establishing himself as an artist of great musical integrity and sensitivity. He has worked with first class orchestras and soloists, recording for Bavarian Radio and

Radio 3. Highlights include: Barbican Hall, Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Copenhagen Opera House and Munich Gasteig with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Birmingham Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan, Netherlands Radio, Bamberg Sinfoniker, English Chamber, Scottish Chamber and Munich Chamber Orchestras.

His work in education includes projects at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as chamber music coach for advanced students and conductor of the Post Graduate Orchestra, as well as tours with the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra in Germany. This summer he conducted the Lydian Orchestra of Kent. He enjoys teaching at his home in East Sussex.

Joseph plays on a violin made by Paolo Castello of Genova dated 1770.

Madeleine is a 20-year-old pianist in her second year reading music at Trinity College, Cambridge. She began playing the piano aged 8 and currently studies privately with Charles Owen and with Ian Fountain on the University’s scheme with the Royal Academy of Music. She was a music scholar for 5 years at Sevenoaks School where she studied piano with Tau Wey, before attending Chetham’s School of Music for sixth form under the instruction of Helen Krizos.

This year, Madeleine performed the complete Goldberg Variations as part of the Trinity College Music Society’s ‘Claiver-Übung’ concert series. Last year, she performed in the TCMS ‘Complete Beethoven Sonatas’ series that celebrated the composer’s bicentenary. In the summer, she performed Mozart’s D minor concerto with the Lydian Orchestra and Cavatina Orchestra in St. James Sussex Gardens. During her time at Chetham’s, Madeleine participated in multiple projects, including the first performance outside Moscow of Poltoratsky’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, the full cycle of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book I and the complete Debussy Preludes.

Madeleine has won various prizes at the Kent International Piano Courses, including a recital at London’s Steinway Hall in November 2019 and the Mozart Memorial Prize in 2020, involving an engagement with the London Mozart Players due to take place in July 2022 at St. John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood. In 2018, she received third prize in the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the year. Later that year, she was the first British pianist to attend Prof. Heribert Koch’s week- long Internationaler Meisterkurs für Pianisten in Düren, Germany, alongside nine other young pianists. Madeleine has also received masterclass tuition from several highly acclaimed pianists, including Leon McCawley, Ashley Wass, Martin Roscoe, Noriko Ogawa and Peter Donohoe.

As well as solo work, Madeleine enjoys chamber music and regularly accompanies instrumentalists and vocalists. At Cambridge, she is an accompanist on the Pembroke Lieder Scheme for the second year running, receiving regular coaching from Joseph Middleton. In March 2021, she won joint second prize with two sopranos in the Clare College Song Competition. She accompanied all the first-study singers at Chetham’s during Vocal Weekends and partook in masterclasses given by Nicky Spence, Marcus Farnsworth and Libby Burgess. She is in a piano trio under the Instrumental Award Scheme at Cambridge and plays in various piano duets.