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Violinist Joshua Brown

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Born On November 30, 1999
United States
Born in United States
United States
United States
Violin 1635-40 Nicolo Amati on generous loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago
Bow Francois-Nicolas Voirin
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New England Conservatory | Music Institute of Chicago
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Donald Weilerstein | Almita and Roland Vamos
Notable awards/competitions won
First Prize at the 2023 Global Music Education League International Violin Competition | First Prize at the 2019 International Violin Competition of Leopold Mozart | Prizewinner at 11th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Cooper International Violin Competition, IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians

Praised for his unique musical voice and instincts, Joshua Brown has found success in performances and competitions worldwide. Joshua was first recognized for his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of fifteen. Following that debut, Joshua has gone on to perform with dozens of orchestras both here and abroad, continually garnering praise from critics.

In 2023, Joshua was named the winner of the inaugural Global Music Education League International Violin Competition in Beijing, China. After four rounds of competition, he was awarded the Gold Medal, $100,000, and 3 years of international concert engagements.

Additionally, in 2019, at the age of nineteen, Joshua won the Tenth International Violin Competition of Leopold Mozart in Augsburg, Germany, securing the First Prize, “Mozart” Prize, the Audience Award, the Chairman of the Jury Special Prize, the Kronberg Academy Special Prize, and the CD Production Special Prize.

In 2022, Joshua was also named a prize winner of the 11th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Other honors include the Kronberg Academy’s Manfred Grommek Prize, the Second Prize and Audience Award at the Cooper International Violin Competition, as well as being named a YoungArts Winner, Luminarts Fellow, Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Arkady Fomin Scholar, and Pirastro Artist.

Joshua has performed regularly with orchestras in the United States and Europe (including The Cleveland Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, China Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Rockford Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

Joshua has performed at concert halls on three continents, including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, both Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Symphony Center in Chicago, Arnold Katz State Concert Hall in Novosibirsk, Russia, Concert Hall of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and Kongress Hall in Augsburg, Germany.

He has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, WFMT, WNIU, WCLV, ElmhurstTV, Fox5DC, Brazil’s Record TV, and Argentina’s Radio Nacional Clásica FM 96.7. He also performs regularly on recital series and in chamber music festivals, including Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Tchaikovsky Festival in Moscow, the ProMusica series in Mexico, the Jupiter Chamber Players series in New York City, the Matinée Musicale series in Ohio, and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago.

As a full-scholarship recipient, Joshua earned his Bachelor of Music and is currently pursuing his Master of Music with Donald Weilerstein at New England Conservatory of Music. For the five years prior to NEC, Joshua studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy as a Scholarship Fellow (recipient of both the Rachel Barton Pine Scholarship and the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Fellowship).

What are your hobbies outside of music?
I love to read all sorts of books, especially sci-fi/fantasy books! I also like to stay physically active and enjoy running, swimming, strength training, etc. I am a basketball fan but haven't played for many years...
If you were not a musician, what profession do you feel you’d be doing now?
Probably something related to computers/technology, since I was really interested in it at a young age!
What would your dream gig be?
Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, or Berg with the Berlin Philharmonic!
What is a song that makes you turn the radio up?
Anything by Frank Ocean, if his songs are even on the radio! I definitely prefer chill music if I am listening to something non-classical...I get enough intense music in my daily life.
What would you say makes you unique as a musician?
I think there are many musicians who take a similar approach, but I try to view every performance as a communication of the composer's deepest thoughts and feelings. My only goal is always to share and experience real emotions with an audience and bring the composer's soul to life through a faithful interpretation of the score. As a performer, one's personal feelings and emotions, when applied this way, will always create a unique interpretation!
Do you keep all 3 meals phone-free? No social media scrolling.
My meals are usually phone-free but if I'm eating alone, they are my time for reading! Sometimes I read on my phone, but mostly on an e-reader these days...
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