Joshua Brown

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 “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.”
A recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago since 2016, Joshua is grateful to play on a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin from Cremona. Joshua has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, both Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, Severence Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Symphony Center in Chicago, and Arnold Katz State Concert Hall in Novosibirsk, Russia; has made solo appearances on NPR’s nationally syndicated program From the Top and on WFMT’s Introductions; and has been featured on WFMT, WNIU, WCLV, ElmhurstTV, and Fox5DC. Since his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, Joshua has performed regularly with other orchestras and has garnered continued praise from critics (Chicago Classical Review: “…his lithe playing betrays a musical maturity beyond his 17 years……the young man played with great poise and a silken tone……and is clearly someone to watch in years to come;” The News-Gazette: “The highlight of the evening was young Joshua Brown’s solo playing in Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons.’ Brown is clearly a young performer of considerable promise. His sparkling playing in the Vivaldi ..… gave renewed joy to this often heard composition.”). He has also been featured in a number of recitals, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Tchaikovsky Festival in Moscow, and Cincinnati’s Matinée Musicale series.
In addition to winning First Prize in dozens of regional and national competitions, Joshua has been a top prize winner in many international competitions. He was awarded both Second Place and the Audience Award in the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition in Ohio. Also in 2015, Joshua received multiple awards at the 2015 IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians held in Novosibirsk, Russia, taking home the Audience Award, Special Prize, the Academy of Arts Golden Medal, and the Siberian Academy of Arts Talent Award. Joshua was also a top prize winner in the 2016 Stradivarius International Violin Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah; was awarded the Grand Prize for Violin in the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition; was named the 2016/2017 American Prize Winner for Instrumental Performance; was a National YoungArts Winner in both 2016 and 2017; was awarded Grand Prize in the 2018 National Stillman-Kelly Competition; and was named a 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artist, the youngest and only precollege winner for 2018, as well as the only violinist to receive that distinction since 2014.
Additionally, as part of Kairos String Quartet, Joshua (who alternated between first violin and viola) won First Prize at the A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition and the Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition and earned Gold Medals in both the Junior Division of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Competition and the Junior String Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition, making Kairos the only chamber group ever to win the top prizes at both Fischoff and M-Prize in the same year. Most recently, the Luminarts Cultural Foundation awarded Joshua their 2019 Luminarts Fellowship for Strings, an honor that provides for continued support and funding for artistic and career development, while the National Federation of Music Clubs named him the Strings Winner of their National Collegiate Auditions for 2019.
Joshua currently studies violin with Donald Weilerstein at New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) on a full Deans Scholarship. For the five years prior to NEC, Joshua studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago’s (MIC) Academy as a Scholarship Fellow (recipient of both the Rachel Barton Pine Scholarship and the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Fellowship). 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, the Parkridge Civic Orchestra’s Int’l Rotary Scholarship, and the 2019 Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago Classical Strings Fellowship.

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