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Joshua Brown, violinist

Joshua Brown received  glowing reviews for his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra  at the age of fifteen. “Had he played from behind a curtain, you  wouldn’t have believed that Joshua Brown…was only 15,” wrote Clevelandclassical.com.  “His interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s first violin concerto was  so maturely wrought that it might have come from a seasoned  professional. Brilliantly played and expertly paced, Brown’s performance  checked into every emotional corner of [the] work … Brown was  spellbinding throughout his entire time on stage.”

Joshua  went on to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy  Center in Washington DC, Symphony Center in Chicago, and Arnold Katz  State Concert Hall in Novosibirsk, Russia, and he has made solo  appearances on NPR’s nationally syndicated program From the Top and on  WFMT’s Introductions. Joshua has played with dozens of orchestras, for  which he has garnered continued praise from critics.

In  addition to winning First Prize in dozens of regional and national  competitions, Joshua has been a top prize winner in many international  competitions, including the Cooper International Violin Competition, the  International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, the Stradivarius  International Violin Competition, and the ENKOR International Music  Competition.  Joshua was also named the 2016/2017 American Prize Winner  for Instrumental Performance, and he was a National YoungArts Winner in  both 2016 and 2017. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago, Joshua plays on a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin from Cremona.  He  studies violin with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of  Chicago’s (MIC) Academy, an elite training program for advanced  pre-college musicians, and has been the scholarship recipient  of the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Fellowship for the past three  years. 

Other scholarships include the North Shore Chamber Music  Festival’s Haag/Galvin Young Artist and Arkady Fomin Scholarship, the  American Opera Society of Chicago’s Eleanor Pearce Sherwin Scholarship,  the Highland Park Music Club Scholarship, and the Luminarts Cultural  Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago Scholarship.   More  information can be found at joshuabrownviolinist.com, and you can follow Joshua on Facebook and Instagram at joshuabrownviolinist.