Joseph Dawson

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

Joseph Dawson started learning the cello at the age of 7, and to his parents' surprise he made progress quickly. He played in the youth orchestras of his city Birmingham, and then in CBSO youth for three years, which gave him a huge push in his cellistic skills.
Joseph has just finished his fourth year of undergraduate studies at the RNCM, where he studied performancewith Sally Pendlebury of the Fitzwilliam quartet. He will stay on for a postgraduate with Petr Prause as his main tutor, and also take some lessons with Eduardo Vassalo.
Joseph's ambition is to keep improving and become the absolute best cellist he can be, as well as the best version of himself. He closely studies his cellistic idols such as Rostropovich and Steven Isserlis and tries to understand how they communicate so well through their playing. Joseph would like to thank Help Musicians UK for their generosity in giving him a postgraduate award for his next year of study, which means a lot to him both financially and symbolically.