Our favourite oud player, three-time Aria Award–winning Joe Tawadros will bring some spice to the ACO when he joins the ensemble in February for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He recently tore himself away from recording his next album to answer a couple of questions.
If you could have dinner with any person (dead or alive) who would you choose?Liam Neeson
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
A set of skills acquired over many years.
Which book do you think everybody should read?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A composer for the famous Egyptian Diva Oum Kalsoum – she unfortunately died in the 70s.
What do you owe your parents?
What is your worst habit?
Planning recordings last minute.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
If you could only perform the music of one composer for the rest of your life, who would it be?
I think I’m doing that already
What attracts you to working with Richard Tognetti and the ACO?
The energy, enthusiasm and professionalism of RT and the ensemble. It is also extra special because the music-making is based on a long friendship (have been performing with ACO for nearly 15 years), mutual respect and the genuine love we have for what we do. That’s why it’s always so special every time we create a new program and share notes on stage … I think the audience pick up on that too.