Joseph Metral Biography

Joseph Metral concluded his studies with the doctorate of artiste performer under the tutelage of Michel Dalberto. He obtained his Diploma in Musical Studies at the conservatory in Grenoble. He continued his apprenticeship with Jean Lenert and obtained the Concert Diploma and the Superior Cycles Musical Certificate with the unanimous mention and congratulations of the Jury, at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He improved himself at the Paris Conservatory in the class of Olivier Charlier and obtained his Master in 2015.

He won the first grand prize in the Vatelot contest unanimously in Aix les Bains and the first prize in the Flame contest. In the Vatelot competition he won the first prize in the higher category as well as the first prize at the Flaine music academy and also won the Rotary and Lion’s Club awards at the Maurice Ravel academy. With his trio, he won the first prize in the Joseph Haydn international competition, as well as the special prizes for the best interpretation of the Haydn trios and the audience prize. Winner of the Banque Populaire Foundation, he is in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation and benefits from the support of the l'Or du Rhin foundation and Tarisio - Fine Instruments & Bows.

Joseph is the violinist of the Metral Trio. Begun as a family adventure, the Trio Metral is today made up of brothers Joseph Metral on violin and Victor Metral on piano, and Laure Hélène Michel on cello. Each member of the Metral Trio has learned music as a family. Indeed, Laure Hélène joined the Metral Trio after a chamber music career within her own family trio. She takes place alongside the two brothers and joins in their love for the great repertoire of chamber music. These three young musicians, by their ardor, their rhythm, take their audience with them in a passionate, virtuoso and sensitive universe.

As a Trio, they take the Chamber Music License in the class of Claire Désert, Amy Flammer, Yovan Markovitch, and obtain a Master of Chamber Music in the class of François Salque.

Alumni of the European Chamber Music Academy and the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, he gets to know Alfred Brendel, Hatto Bayerle, Johannes Meissl, Shmuel Askenasi, Ferenc Rados and Avo Kouyoumdjian, the Belcea quartet and the Artemis quartet and many others at meetings throughout Europe. In residence at ProQuartet, he attended master classes of music personalities such as Menahem Pressler, Günter Pichler, Gary Hoffman. He also participated in masterclasses of renowned violinists such as Ivry Gitlis, Amaury Coeytaux and Renaud Capuçon.

Joseph performs in many importants festivals and concerts halls such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the crazy days in Nantes, the Roque d'Anthéron festival, the Pablo Casals festival, as well as Les Rendez-vous de Rochebonne, the Printemps musical des jeunes talents du musée de Grenoble, The artistic meetings of Bel-Air in Chambéry, Les Musicales du Jaur, the season Chambre à part in Lille, the Jeunes Talents festival in Paris, the Cité internationale des arts in Paris and at the Ferme de Villefavard. Invited by the Pont Saint-Esprit academy to play in honor of the birthday of Ivry Gitlis, he is also brought to play across Europe, notably in Vienna, London, Florence, Vilnius, as well as in Morocco.

He is invited in the programs Génération Jeunes Interprètes by Gaëlle Le Gallic, Classic Club by Lionel Esperaza on France Musique, The Artists of the news of La Roque d'Anthéron on France Musique, Classicagenda by Frédéric Hutman, at concerts broadcast by Radio Classic and is the subject of many articles in the Musician's Letter, Diapason, Classica, The Strad and many others.

A first CD of the two Mendelssohn Trios, warmly received by critics and complimented by pianist Martha Argerich, was released by Aparté. The second opus, the two Trios by Chostakovitch and the one by Weinberg, recorded at the Arsenal in Metz in the fall of 2019, marks the beginning of a collaboration with the label La Dolce Volta.