Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, Laureate
Joshua Brown 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. Last year Joshua was a Rachel Barton Pine scholarship winner, and this year he has received the 2015/2016 Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Laureate Fellowship.
This past summer, Joshua was awarded both Second Place and the Audience Award in the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition in Ohio. He had the distinct honor of playing the Shostakovich Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra. Daniel Hathaway for clevelandclassical.com wrote that Joshua’s “interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s first violin concerto was so maturely wrought that it might have come from a seasoned professional.… 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.”
Joshua has also won First Place in many competitions, including the MIC Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Luminarts Cultural Foundation's High School Classical Music Competition, the Sejong Music Competition, the Asian American International Music Competition, the Alexander and Buono International String Competition, the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competition, the DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers, the Robert Stanger Young Artist Competition, and the Rockville Competition for Piano and Strings.
Joshua has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Severence Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as in many venues throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Illinois. In addition to performing with the Cleveland Orchestra, he has also recently soloed with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra, and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. The 2015/2016 season includes second performances with both the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra, as well as a featured appearance on WFMT’s Introductions.
Joshua also enjoys playing music with his brother and sister, and the three siblings have been featured playing their violins on both Fox News and WFMT. Joshua has had the privilege of taking lessons and master classes with teachers such as Rachel Barton Pine, Ilya Kaler, Shirley Givens, Jonathan Carney, Jody Gatwood, Igor Yuzefovich, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Lambert Orkis, Weit Hertenstein, Nurit Pacht, and Daniel Phillips. He plays on a 1910 Vincenzo Postiglione violin generously on loan to him by the Virtu Foundation.