Brett Dean Composer, Conductor, Violist “Joe Chindamo is closer to the model of the complete musician of Bach’s time – composer, performer, improviser – than classical music’s modern
custodians. Chindamo’s range of reference is encyclopedic and his art tender; his virtuosity never hectors but disarms. It is the music of seduction.”
Anna Goldsworthy, Pianist, Author Joe Chindamo has long been regarded as one of Australia’s leading musicians. As a jazz pianist, he has produced 23 CDs and toured the world with some of the genre’s most respected exponents, Michael & Randy Brecker, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, Ernie Watts, Sheila E. and particularly the US drummer, Billy Cobham, whom Chindamo worked with for over 10 years.
Beginning studies on accordion at the of 6, Chindamo switched to piano at the relatively late age of 16. At 21, soon after graduating from Melbourne State College (majoring in Music and Mathematics), his versatility and precocious skills made him a favorite in the recording studio, particularly amongst film composers. His playing is featured on more than 60 films,
including Pharlap, Man from Snowy River, The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Evil Angels.
More recently Chindamo has emerged as a coveted new voice in
contemporary classical composition, receiving numerous commissions from Australia’s leading soloists, Chamber groups and Symphony orchestras; the most recent, from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, was a concerto for Drum Kit and Orchestra, premiered at the Last Night of Proms, by Sir Andrew Davis in March 2018.
His work with the brilliant violinist Zoë Black (with whom he formed a duo in 2011) has been celebrated throughout the world, and the duo has established itself as a formidable force in Australian Chamber Music.
They recorded their first CD Reimaginings in 2012, following with Dido’s Lament and The New Goldberg Variations, each receiving ARIA nominations for best classical release of 2014 and 2015 respectively.
In September 2015 Black and Chindamo performed the latter’s reversing of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim.
Their new recording Symbiosis is due for release in June 2018.
What other people said about Joe Chindamo and Zoë Black
“… instead of breaking down boundaries, this duo appears not to notice them…This recording is brimming with creativity. It’s a delight to hear…The duo must be lauded for forging a style entirely their own.” Francis Merson, editor Limelight Magazine
…informed by a thorough musicality and wide-ranging originality” Clive O’Connell The Age “…a contemporary sense of spaciousness and sparkle.” The Age List of recent Commissions received by Joe Chindamo: Five Revelations for Contrabass and String Orchestra (Australian Chamber Orchestra) 2016
Concerto for Drum Kit and Orchestra (MSO) 2018 Palimpsest (QSO) Harpsichord, Timpani, and String Orch. 2016 Siren’s Air (QSO) Symphonic overture. 2016 Fantaskatto (QSO) Vocalise and Symphony Orch. 2016 American Spirit (QSO) Violin and Symphony Orch. 2017 Sanctuary (Diana Doherty &Alexandre Ougey with Camerata. Double Concerto for Oboe and Cor Anglais) 2017 Urban Episodes – 2 piano work for Louisa Breen & Bonnie Brown 2015 Toccata for Solo Violin Sarah Curro 2014 Tempesta – String Quartet No.1 Acacia Quartet Anatomy of Melancholy (Wilma Smith – piano quintet) Galactic Dances Vibraphone and piano Vibraphonist Nick Parnell 2016 Endless (solo piano Louisa Breen) 2017 Vigil (Adelaide Cabaret Festival – One woman show – music by Joe Chindamo, Libretto Steve Vizard) 2017