Joshua Brown, violin
Violinist Joshua Brown received glowing reviews for his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 15. “Had he played from behind a curtain, you wouldn’t have believed that Joshua Brown…was only 15,” wrote Daniel Hathaway for 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.” Mark Satola in The Plain Dealer described Brown’s performance as “stunning” and "on an Olympian level…Brown played with such assurance that it was easy to forget he was a young teenager.”
Currently the youngest recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago, Joshua plays on a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin from Cremona. Joshua has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Symphony Center in Chicago, and Arnold Katz State Concert Hall in Novosibirsk, Russia, and has made solo appearances on NPR’s nationally syndicated program From the Top and on WFMT’s Introductions. In addition to performing with the Cleveland Orchestra, he performs regularly with other orchestras; this season alone includes performances with seven orchestras, including a performance with the Chicago Civic Orchestra at Chicago Symphony Center.
In addition to winning first prize in dozens of regional and national competitions, Joshua has been a top prizewinner in many international competitions. He was awarded both Second Place and the Audience Award in the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition. Also in 2015, Joshua received more awards than any other participant 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. He also had the honor of performing in the First Prize Winners Gala Concert, being formally invited to perform with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, and recently travelled to Moscow to perform in the Stars of the Tchaikovsky Competition recital series.
Joshua was awarded a top prize in the 2016 Stradivarius International Violin Competition, and he was awarded the Grand Prize for Violin in the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition, receiving the highest score in the history of the competition, across all ages and all divisions. 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.
Joshua 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. He has been the scholarship recipient of the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Fellowship for the past two years. Other scholarships include the North Shore Chamber Music Festival’s 2017 Haag/Galvin Young Artist and Arkady Fomin Scholarship, the American Opera Society of Chicago’s 2016 Eleanor Pearce Sherwin Scholarship, the Highland Park Music Club Scholarship, and the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago Scholarship.