20 year-old British cellist Joe Pritchard began playing at the age of 6, initially learning from Louise Padday and Ioan Davies while attending Wells Cathedral School and then with Thomas Carroll at the Yehudi Menuhin School. A former BBC Young Musician category finalist, in 2019 Joe received the prestigious Raphael Sommer Scholarship, the Elias Fawcett Prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition as well as first prize at the Two Moors Festival Competition. As a chamber player, he has appeared in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, King's Place, Milton Court, Menuhin Hall, BOZAR (Brussels) and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He was an active participant in the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy and has received further coaching from Steven Isserlis, Ivan Monighetti, Gary Hoffman, Colin Carr, Lawrence Power and the late Anner Bylsma.
Joe regularly performs as concerto soloist with orchestras around the UK such as the Mid-Somerset Orchestra, Dorking Chamber Orchestra, Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra, Giovane Ensemble and the Orion Orchestra. He also held the position of Principal Cello in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing in venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms) and Berlin Konzerthaus under esteemed conductors such as Edward Gardener, François Xavier-Roth, Thomas Ades and Sir Mark Elder. Joe is now studying for his undergraduate degree with Nicolas Altstaedt at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He plays a cello made by and generously on loan from Tony and Louise Padday.