Brendan Joyce is the Artistic Director of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. His leadership of Camerata was recently described by The Australian as dynamic and in Limelight as indefatigable. He frequently appears as a soloist with the group and has led for milestones including its first recordings, tours, broadcasts, collaborations and acclaimed performances at the Tyalgum Festival, Darwin Festival, Queensland Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Brendan coordinates Camerata’s revered programming, and is an alumnus of the original version of Camerata that played to high critical acclaim 1987-1997. In demand as a leader and concertmaster, Brendan has played and guest led for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Antipodes in Sydney.
During his youth orchestra days he led the Queensland Youth Symphony and Australian Youth Orchestras. He has been a guest player with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and America’s Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and during 2011-2013 performed the complete cycle of Bartok’s iconic String Quartets as a member of the Kurilpa String Quartet. He has also appeared as a guest violinist with the Australian String Quartet.
Brendan attained a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from The University of Maryland, USA, receiving awards there for his leadership of the Maryland Handel Festival Opera Orchestra, as well as for presentations and premieres of the music of twenty Australian composers.