Joseph Ferretti is active as an educator and performer. His versatile career as soloist and collaborative artist has taken him throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. Some highlights include performances at the Canadian Opera Company’s Piano Virtuoso Series, NUMUS, Toronto’s Music Gallery, KW Chamber Music Society, Barrie’s Colours of Music, The Open Ears Festival and many more. In addition to recital performances, Joseph often performs as a collaborative artist, particularly as a duo pianist with Elaine Lau, and as a member of the award-winning junctQín keyboard collective with Stephanie Chua. As a chamber pianist, he performs frequently with such ensembles as the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Niagara Symphony, as well as performances with NUMUS orchestras, Quatuor Bozzini, The Talisker Players and more. His performing and recording projects have involved many wonderful collaborations with thriving composers and performers in Canada and abroad.
Dr. Ferretti is in demand across Canada as a festival and competition adjudicator, presenter, and an examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music. He has taught studio piano in the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2003, and has held faculty and accompanying staff positions at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and Blue Lake Fine Arts camp.
Joseph received a Contribution to Teaching Award from the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association in 2018, and enthusiastically teaches students of all levels and age groups. Activity as an educator has also led to such roles as course facilitator for online RCM Pedagogy Certificate Courses, and as a Teacher Advisor serving on MEDA project (Music Education in the Digital Age), a multi-institutional project that produced educational learning tools, including the Music Tool Suite. Dr. Ferretti obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he held fellowships and scholarships. His Bachelor of Music was from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he was honoured as Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Senior in the College of Music.