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Tawadros Brothers

Posted on 1 Dec 2015 by Cristina Maldonado

Wrapping up our 40th Anniversary Season, Joseph and James Tawadros join the Orchestra on the final tour of the year. The long time ACO’s collaborators will certainly bring new musical horizons to Vivaldi’s masterpiece.


Joseph & James Tawadros at TEDxSydney 2013.

Triple ARIA Award-winning Joseph Tawadros has established himself as one of the world’s leading oud performers and composers. Always willing to push the boundaries and challenge traditional musical forms and rhythms, Joseph dazzles audiences with his brilliant technique, passionate musicianship and his joyous style of performance.

He has been responsible for expanding the oud’s popularity in mainstream western culture and has also been recognised in the Arab world, being invited to appear on the judging panel of the Damascus International Oud competition in 2009, and has taken part in Istanbul’s first Oud festival in 2010.

Joseph performs on a Joseph Tawadros Signature Series oud made by Veysel Sarikus of Istanbul.


Joseph Tawadros. Photo credit Imtiaz Almaz.

At only 25 years of age, James Tawadros has already made a name for himself as a world class percussionist and soloist. His main instrument is the riq’, a small hand-held tambourine, traditionally with skin covering and five pairs of cymbals.

It’s James’ unique innovative style and mastery of this ancient instrument that has brought him great acclaim worldwide. His dexterity, rhythmic variety and virtuosity continue to amaze audiences. 


James Tawadros. Photo credit Peter Karp.


#ACO15: The Four Seasons

Tue 1 Dec | Adelaide Town Hall (sold out)
Wed 2 Dec | Perth Concert Hall (limited availability)
Mon 7 Dec | Sydney Opera House (limited availability)
Wed 9 Dec | Melbourne Recital Centre (limited availability) 

Experience the ACO’s critically acclaimed highlight concert of the 2015 Season. Delve into Richard Tognetti’s unique exploration of musical connections between East and West, as he pairs Vivaldi’s Baroque masterpiece with original compositions by ARIA Award-winning oud virtuoso, Joseph Tawadros.

JOSEPH TAWADROS Selections from Permission to Evaporate, and original works exploring the crossroads of oud and string orchestra
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
GABRIELI Sonata XXI ‘con tre violini’

BOOK NOW: ACO.COM.AU/THEFOURSEASONS