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Joseph Lanza, violin

Last season marked Joseph Lanza's 20th as Concertmaster of Orchestra London. During this time London audiences have heard him play a wide range of solo works on every one of the orchestra’s concert series.

Joseph has an abiding love of chamber music, performing in countless smaller ensembles on Orchestra London programs as well as other concert series in London, Toronto and elsewhere. Joseph's interest in music of the 17th and 18th century has led to a journey into new musical territory: performance on period instruments. This has resulted in regular engagements with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Opera Atelier, several recordings and tours to Europe and the Far East.

Originally from Philadelphia, Joseph grew up in a large musical family, which has included as many as 7 members of the Philadelphia Orchestra String section. He began violin studies at age 7 with his father, who played with the Philadelphia Orchestra for almost 50 years. He later studied with William de Pasquale, Cecylia Arzewski and Joseph Silverstein (present or former concertmasters in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Boston).

Joseph is an enthusiastic teacher, giving both private lessons as well as teaching at the University of Western Ontario. He is married to Orchestra London oboist and English hornist Jennifer Short. They have a beautiful daughter, Heather, and a mischievous puppy, Fergus.


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