A versatile musician and educator, Joseph Sieber passionately strives to overcome boundaries and conventions in the arts and their reception, providing unique experiences for the most diverse audiences. As founder and artistic director of the Central Switzerland Youth Orchestra ZJSO as well as the highly acclaimed music theater project “Verona 3000”, he has brought together hundreds of young artists and cultural workers from all over Switzerland and performed for thousands of audiences at home and abroad every year.
In addition to his intimate affection and special flair for the classical standard repertoire, his enthusiasm and advocacy for diverse musical styles and art forms have led to extraordinary artistic collaborations and cross-border projects that have won various awards and received national and European recognition. As a pianist, he won first prizes and special prizes at the Swiss Youth Music Competition, performs regularly with orchestras, and conducts piano concertos from the keyboard. A keen choral singer, he sings in the Swiss Youth Choir and the EuroChoir for several years, and acts as assistant to their conductors.
His initial studies in piano (Konstantin Lifschitz), composition (Dieter Ammann) and music theory were accompanied by private lessons in conducting, which eventually led to a coveted place in the two-year conducting program at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (UK). These experiences brought him together with a wide variety of top ensembles in the symphonic, new music, ballet, and opera genres. In June 2022, he conducted his final recital with the BBC Philharmonic, graduating with high distinction. Eager to learn and open to the world, he went to the United States, to work as assistant conductor and study for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestra and Opera Conducting (Jeffery Meyer) at Arizona State University. In summer 2023, he will be a conducting fellow at the Cabrillo Festival in California and at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland.