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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.