|Born||6 October 1983|
|Genres||Jazz, world, classical|
His family emigrated from Egypt to Australia when he was three. Initially attracted to the trumpet, he decided to learn the oud when he was eight, after seeing a movie about Egyptian musician Sayed Darwish. He is classically trained, having completed a bachelor of music at the University of New South Wales, where he was awarded a Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music. In the 2000s, he also studied in Egypt with violin player Esawi Dagher, son of the legendary violin player Abdo Dagher. During the years that followed, he spent three months a year in Egypt and learned to play other instruments: the bamboo flute nay, the Arabic zither qanun and the cello.
At the ARIA Music Awards of 2012, he won Best World Music Album for Concerto of the Greater Sea (February 2012). He won the same category in 2013 for Chameleons of the White Shadow (February 2013), 2014 for Permission to Evaporate (May 2014) and 2020 for Live at the Sydney Opera House (June 2020). He also won Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album in 2017 for Ali's Wedding (September 2017).
Joseph Tawadros' style is described as eclectic. According to Sydney Morning Herald, "he has taken the oud out of its traditional Middle Eastern setting and into the realm of classical music and jazz". "I don't like to play in a particular genre, I love all sorts of music", Tawadros explains, "I try to record an album a year and one that's totally different from the previous album". He has collaborated with musicians such as John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Roy Ayers, Bela Fleck, Joey DeFrancesco, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Academy of Ancient Music.
Tawadros plays 52 instruments on his albums including oud, qanun, saz, violin, ney, Portuguese guitar, electric bass, kalimba and accordion. His brother James uses 11 percussion instruments.
(With Bobby Singh)
(With James Tawadros)
(With James Tawadros and Ben Rodgers)
(With James Tawadros and Dimitri Vouros)
|The Hour of Separation||
|Band of Brothers
(with Slava & Leonard Grigoryan and James Tawadros)
|Concerto of The Greater Sea||
|Chameleons of the White Shadow||
|Permission to Evaporate||
|Truth Seekers Lovers and Warriors||
|Live at Abbey Road
(with James Tawadros)
|Ali's Wedding (soundtrack)
(with Nigel Westlake, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Slava Grigoryan and Lior)
|The Bluebird, the Mystic and the Fool||
|Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower||
|Live at the Sydney Opera House
(with James Tawadros, Benjamin Northey and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
|Hope in an Empty City||
The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref.|
|AIR Awards of 2014||Permission to Evaporate||Best Independent Jazz Album Album||Nominated|||
|AIR Awards of 2018||Live at Abbey Road||Best Independent Jazz Album Album||Nominated|||
|AIR Awards of 2020||Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower||Best Independent Classical Album||Nominated|||
|AIR Awards of 2021||Live at the Sydney Opera House
(with James Tawadros, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Benjamin Northley)
|Best Independent Classical Album or EP||Won|||
ARIA Music Awards
The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Tawadros has won five awards from seventeen nominations.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2004||Storyteller||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2006||Visions (with James Tawadros)||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2007||Epiphany||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2008||Angel||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2010||The Prophet||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|The Hours of Separation||Best Jazz Album||Nominated|
|2011||Band of Brothers (with Slava & Leonard Grigoryan & James Tawadros)||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2012||Concerto of the Greater Sea||Best World Music Album||Won|
|2013||Chameleons of the White Shadow||Best World Music Album||Won|
|2014||Permission to Evaporate||Best World Music Album||Won|
|2015||Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2016||World Music||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2017||Live at Abbey Road||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|Ali's Wedding (with Nigel Westlake, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Slava Grigoryan & Lior)||Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album||Won|
|2018||The Bluebird, The Mystic and the Fool||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2019||Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower||Best World Music Album||Nominated|
|2020||Live at the Sydney Opera House||Best World Music Album||Won|
|2021||Hope In An Empty City||Best World Music Album||Pending|
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