Italian born Joseph Ortuso studied oboe and sofeggio at the Conservatorio Musicale di Foggia (Italy). He moved to Sydney (Australia) in 1971 where he began his musical career with the ABC orchestra and the Australian Elizabethan Opera Trust Orchestra. In 1973 he moved to Hobart (Tasmania) where he became a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and from 1975 held the position of principal oboist until his retirement in 2005. He was admitted to the degree of Master of Music, University of Tasmania.
Throughout his career Joseph Ortuso has appeared as soloist for ABC Concerts and national ABC FM, in addition, he was featured in an ABC television production demonstrating various aspects of the Oboe followed by a performance of the Bellini Oboe concerto in E flat conducted by Barry Tuckwell.Highlights of Joseph Ortuso’s career include performances at the 1984 Adelaide Festival of the Arts, the 1988 ABC subscription series where he appeared as soloist with the renowned Polish conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk performaces, Musica Viva series, Adelaide Chamber Orchestra and The Unitas ensemble. Many of the world renowned artists which he has performed with include John Williams (guitar), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), Henry Shering (violin) and Nigel Kennedy (violin).
Joseph Ortuso has made numerous recordings for ABC FM that includes The IDILIO by W. Ferrari with Claudio Schimone of I Solisti Veneti and The Floral Clock for Oboe and Orchestra by J. Francaix released on ABC label disk.
Since 1975 Joseph Ortuso has been lecturer in Oboe at the University Of Tasmania Conservatorium Of Music. On numerous occasions, during this period, he has directed chamber music classes and concerts. In 1977 he became a member of the artistic body of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra. As a guest lecturer, he has worked at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and on a regular basis at the Northern Territory University School of Music. In 1999 he was Artistic Director and Conductor of the Hobart Chamber Orchestra for three years.
Throughout his career, Joseph Ortuso has toured extensively to Australia’s regional and major centres, Europe, Asia, South America & North America and Canada. He is currently engaged by the Tasmanian University Conservatorium of Music’s ‘Australian International Summer Orchestra Institute’ as a member of the selection panel and orchestral woodwind tutor.