Joel Pitchon

Professor of Music

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Sage Hall 302



M.Mus., B.Mus., The Julliard School


Joel Pitchon is active as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber music player. He has received acclaim for his performances with nationally and internationally renowned ensembles.

Pitchon received his bachelor of arts and master of arts in music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky and Joseph Fuchs. He has served as the concertmaster of numerous orchestras, including the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona (Spain), the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony (guest), the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa, Canada, guest) and the EOS Orchestra (NY). He has participated in many concerts in the United States and abroad with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Pitchon also works extensively in chamber ensembles. He has been a member of the Forster String Trio, the Walden Chamber Players and the Kinor String Quartet, among other groups. He frequently performs at the Monadnock Music Festival (NH) and each summer participates in a series of concerts as leader of the New Baroque Soloists. Pitchon is currently a member of the Sage Chamber Music Society.

As a soloist he has performed with the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and the EOS Orchestra among others. The New York Times wrote of his playing in the EOS production of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat “...superb playing by Joel Pitchon....”

He has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts including WGBH, WNYC and PBS. Pitchon was featured on the TV3 Catalunya program Cadencia, and has been interviewed about his work for The Strad magazine. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, CBS Masterworks and Vox Cum Laude, among others. Pitchon has recently made a CD of four Sonatas for violin and piano by Clifton J. Noble, with the composer at the piano for the Gasparo label. His CD New England Legacy, with works by Quincy Porter, Walter Piston and Amy Beach, is recorded for the Gasparo label with pianist Jonathan Bass. Sun Threads, a recording of the chamber music of Augusta Read Thomas, made with the Walden Chamber Players, was released in 2008; a CD of works by Donald Wheelock is also planned for release.

Pitchon is professor of violin and chamber music at Smith. His violin is a 1686 Andreas Guarnerius.

Second Sonata (mvt. 1), Quincy Porter; Joel Pitchon, violin; Jonathan Bass, piano)

Second Sonata (mvt. 2), Quincy Porter; Joel Pitchon, violin; Jonathan Bass, piano)

Second Sonata (mvt. 3), Quincy Porter; Joel Pitchon, violin; Jonathan Bass, piano)

Sonata No. 3, 'Summer' (mvt. 2), Clifton J. Noble; Joel Pitchon, violin; Clifton J. Noble, piano)

La Captiva (for the G string), Amy Beach; Joel Pitchon, violin; Jonathan Bass, piano)

All tracks are recorded in Smith College's Sweeney Concert Hall.