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"Had he played from behind a curtain, you wouldn’t have believed that Joshua Brown….was only 15. 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.”   

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BIOGRAPHY

Possessing a rare combination of musical instinct, a unique voice, and flawless technique, nineteen year old Joshua Brown has found success in performances and competitions worldwide.  He was first recognized for his debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of fifteen, for which he received glowing reviews from critics:  “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.”


Following that debut, Joshua has gone on to perform regularly with orchestras in the United States and Europe (including the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Rockford Symphony Orchestra, among many others) and has continually garnered 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;”  The Augsburger-Allgemiene: "With finely cut tone, …  [Brown] scored with meticulous articulation, lively dynamics and an understanding of the rhetoric of this music…. Brown … renounced superficial sound enrichment and preferred to rely on narrative statement, even in the large, technically excellently mastered cadenza of the first movement;”  Feuilleton Regional: "His brilliant portrayal [in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto], with its lyrical colors and virtuoso drive, radiated refinement [and] the Kongress Hall [audience] celebrated with standing ovations.”)  

 

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, Severence Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Symphony Center in Chicago, Arnold Katz State Concert Hall in Novosibirsk, Russia, Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and Kongress Hall in Augsburg, Germany; 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, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and Fox5DC.  He has also been featured in a number of recitals, including the Kempten International Chamber Festival in Germany, the Tchaikovsky Festival in Moscow, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and Cincinnati’s Matinée Musicale series.

 

Joshua’s musical ability has also been demonstrated through many competition successes. At the age of only 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.  He was also awarded dozens of performance opportunities in Europe which will take place during the next three years.

 

Other competition victories include the Cooper International Violin Competition (Second Prize and the Audience Award) and the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians held in Novosibirsk, Russia (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; 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; was named a 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artist; was awarded the Luminarts Cultural Foundation’s 2019 Luminarts Fellowship for Strings, and was named the National Collegiate Strings Winner for 2019 by the National Federation of Music Clubs.  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.  

 

A recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago since 2016, Joshua is grateful to play on a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin from Cremona.  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 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 International Rotary Scholarship, and the 2019 Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago Classical Strings Fellowship.  Joshua is passionate about reaching and connecting with new listeners and towards that end, maintains a very active presence on his Instagram account @joshuabrownviolinist.

Joshua Brown
 

 "...his lithe playing betrays a musical maturity beyond his 17 years. A student of Almita and Roland Vamos, the young man played with great poise and a silken tone on his 1679 Guarneri (which he possesses as the youngest recipient of an instrument from the Stradivari Society of Chicago), and is clearly someone to watch in years to come.” 

Chicago Classical Review

 

PHOTOS

 
Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Brown's choice of Dmitri Shostakovich's dark and demanding concerto in A minor was unusual for so young an artist, but he brought a fully mature sensibility to the dark and emotionally ambiguous first and third movements, wherein Shostakovich eschews technical virtuosity in favor of songful expressiveness.  In the fast movements, Brown tore into the demanding score, inhabiting the exhilarating (albeit frightening) dance of death that is the Scherzo, and the ironic (albeit high-spirited) Burlesca that brings the work to an ovation-prompting conclusion.  Brown played with such assurance that it was easy to forget he was a young teenager.”   

MENDELSSOHN - VIOLIN CONCERTO, MVT. 1
MOZART - VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 3
MOZART - RONDO
YSAYE - CAPRICE D'APRES L'ETUDE EN FORME DE VALSE DE SAINT-SAENS
VIVALDI - FOUR SEASONS
TCHAIKOVSKY - VIOLIN CONCERTO
WAXMAN - CARMEN FANTASIE
TCHAIKOVSKY - VALSE SENTIMENTALE
PAGANINI - CAPRICE NO. 24
PROKOFIEV - VIOLIN SONATA NO. 1, MVT.1

CONCERTS

 

A gifted violinist and a master already at the age of 20 - there is no other way to describe Joshua Brown. This year's winner of the Augsburger Leopold Mozart Violin Competition captured the audience with virtuosity and musicality during his performance with Verena Louis (piano) . . . No matter whether it's producing virtuosic fireworks or suggesting a lonely walk in the woods: Joshua Brown, in seamless collaboration with Verena Louis, compellingly interprets all facets of Romanticism, including Tchaikovsky's 'Valse Sentimentale' as a yearning encore. All doors are open to this violinist."

Allgäuer Zeitung

2020:

August 29, 2020

 "Klassik-Marathon" Concert

Rheingau Musik Festival

Schloss Johannisberg

Geisenheim, Germany

 

August 22, 2020

MDR-Musiksommer  Festival

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5

MDR-Sinfonieorchester

Freyburg/Unstrut, Germany

June  17, 2020

Stradivari Society Series Recital

The Woman’s  Athletic Club

Chicago, IL

June  13, 2020

North Shore Chamber Music Festival

Village Presbyterian Church

Northbrook, IL

 

June  11, 2020

North Shore Chamber Music Festival

Village Presbyterian Church

Northbrook, IL

 

May 31, 2020

Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Academic Cappella

Beethoven Violin Concerto

State Cappella of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

May 2, 2020

Kenosha Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Violin Concerto 

Ralph J. Houghton Performance Center

Kenosha, WI

April 8 - 14, 2020

Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Ravensburg, Lindau, Memmingen, and Augsburg, Germany

April 20, 2020

Annual ABC Gala 

Carnegie Hall

New York City, NY

2019:

December 3, 2019

Lakeview Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto 

Athenaeum Theater

Chicago, IL

November 10, 2019

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

Elmhurst, IL

September 27, 2019

Recital

International Festival of Chamber Music  Kempten 2019

Kempten, Germany

September 26, 2019

Opening Concert for 2019/2020 Mozarteum Season

Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal

Salzburg, Austria

September 4, 2019

NEC Convocation

Jordan Hall

Boston, MA

June 8, 2019

Munich Radio Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Kongress Hall

Augsburg, Germany

June 7, 2019

Munich Radio Orchestra

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Kongress Hall

Augsburg, Germany

March 20, 2019

Stradivari Society Series Recital

The Woman’s  Athletic Club

Chicago, IL

March 3, 2019

Parkridge Civic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Maine South Auditorium

Park Ridge, IL

 

2018:

October  14,  2018

NPR's From the Top  

Broadcast recording of Show  No. 360

Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory

Boston, MA

July 28, 2018

WFMT’s Introductions

Live broadcast for the radio program

WFMT Studio

Chicago, IL

July 6, 2018

OneWorld Symphonic Festival Orchestra

Grand Finale Concert

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Dekelbaum Concert Hall

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

College Park, MD

July 5, 2018

OneWorld Symphonic Festival Orchestra

Gala Under the Stars

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Reston Town Center Pavilion

Reston, VA

June 25, 2018

Yamaha Performing Artists Winners Concert

Emens Auditorium 

Muncie, IN

June 3, 2018

Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra

Bruch Violin Concerto

Carl Schurz High School

Chicago, IL

June 2, 2018

Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra

Bruch Violin Concerto

Northside College Prep Highschool

Chicago, IL

May 20, 2018

Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra

Saint-Saens Intro. and Rondo Capriccioso  and Sarasate Zigeunerweisen

Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall

Chicago, IL

April 18, 2018

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series

Recital

Preston Bradley Hall

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago, IL

April 7, 2018

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

Brahms Violin Concerto

Coronado Performing Arts Center

Rockford, IL

March 31, 2018

WFMT’s Introductions

Live broadcast for the radio program as member of Kairos Quartet

WFMT Studio

Chicago, IL

February 3, 2018

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Foellinger Great Hall

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Urbana, IL

January 28, 2018

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

Elmhurst, IL

January 13, 2018

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Mayslake Peabody Estate

Oak Brook, IL

2017:

November 18, 2017

MIC Academy Orchestra

Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Nichols Concert Hall

Evanston, IL

November 15, 2017

Stradivari Society Series

Recital

The Woman’s  Athletic Club

Chicago, IL

 

October 8, 2017

Matinée Musicale Cincinnati

Recital

Memorial Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio

September 24, 2017

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra

Sarasate Navarra and Bach Double Concerto for Two Violins

Sheely Center for Performing Arts

Northbrook, IL

 

June 15, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

Featured performer at the CSO Association’s annual meeting

University Club of Chicago

Chicago, IL

 

June 10, 2017

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

Mozart Rondo in C Major

North Shore Chamber Music Festival

Village Presbyterian Church

Northbrook, IL

 

June 8, 2017

Featured performer in the New Generation Showcase

North Shore Chamber Music Festival

Village Presbyterian Church

Northbrook, IL

 

May 27, 2017

Featured performer in the Stars of the Tchaikovsky Competition’s First International Tchaikovsky Festival

Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky Museum

Kiln, Russia

 

May 27, 2017

Featured performer in the Stars of the Tchaikovsky Competition’s First International Tchaikovsky Festival

Drawing room of Tchaikovsky’s house

Kiln, Russia

 

May 25, 2017

Featured performer in the Stars of the Tchaikovsky Competition’s First International Tchaikovsky Festival

Hall of Moscow Conservatory

Moscow, Russia

 

May 21, 2017

Highland Park Strings

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

HPHS Performing Arts Center

Highland Park, IL

 

May 5, 2017

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra Gala

Bach Double Violin Concerto

Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Northbrook, IL

 

April 30, 2017

YoungArts Classical Music Performance

Baryshnikov Arts Center

New York, New York

 

April 23, 2017

Chamber Performance with Invictus Piano Quartet

Pilgrim Chamber Players’ Stars of Tomorrow Concert

Highland Park Community House

Highland Park, IL

 

April 9, 2017

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Sheely Center for the Performing Arts

Northbrook, IL

 

March 26, 2017

New North Shore Chamber Orchestra

Beethoven Violin Concerto and Bach Double Concerto for Two Violins

The Unitarian Church of Evanston

Evanston, IL

 

March 11, 2017

Chicago Civic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Symphony Center

Chicago, IL

 

February 25, 2017

Waukegan Symphony Orchestra

Bach Double Concerto for Two Violins

Trapp Auditorium

Waukegan, IL

 

2016: 

November 12, 2016

Waukegan Symphony Orchestra

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5

Trapp Auditorium

Waukegan, IL

 

October 19, 2016

American Opera Society of Chicago Scholarship Recipient Concert

Recital with Milana Pavchinskaya

Fortnightly Club of Chicago

Chicago, IL

 

October 16, 2016

Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

Skokie, IL

 

July 2, 2016

Virtu Foundation Recital

Recital with Arnold Popkin

Firefly Estate

Charlottesville, VA

 

May 25, 2016

Music Institute of Chicago 86th Anniversary Gala

Featured Performer

Ballroom of the Four Seasons Chicago

Chicago, IL

 

April 3, 2016

New North Shore Symphony Orchestra

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3

The Unitarian Church of Evanston

Evanston, IL

 

March 5, 2016

NPR’s From the Top

Recorded performance for the syndicated show

Clarion Music Performance Center

Lake Jackson, TX

February 27, 2016

Waukegan Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo

Trapp Auditorium

Waukegan, IL

 

2015:

December 15, 2015

Featured performer in the First Prize Winners Concert of the IX Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians

Arnold Katz State Concert Hall

Novosibirsk, Russia

 

November 15, 2015

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra

Spohr Violin Concerto for String Quartet

Sheely Center for the Performing Arts

Northbrook, IL

 

October 31, 2015

WFMT’s Introductions

Recording for the radio program as solo performer

WFMT Studio

Chicago, IL

 

October 17, 2015

Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Waxman Carmen Fantasie

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

Elmhurst, IL

 

July 31, 2015

Cleveland Orchestra

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1

Severance Hall

Cleveland, OH

 

June 24, 2015

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra Gala

Waxman Carmen Fantasy

Chevy Chase Country Club

Wheeling, IL

 

June 6, 2015

Northbrook Symphony Orchestra

Spohr Violin Concerto for String Quartet

Nichols Concert Hall

Evanston, IL

 

June 2, 2015

WFMT’s Introductions

Recording for the radio program as member of Fortis Piano Quartet

WFMT Studio

Chicago, IL

 

April 26, 2015

New North Shore Chamber Orchestra

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Congregation Kol Emeth

Skokie, IL

 

April 12, 2015

Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra

Waxman Carmen Fantasy

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

Skokie, IL

 

February 10, 2015

Featured performer in the Eat to the Beat series

Harris Theater

Chicago, IL

 

February 8, 2015

Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, 3rd mvt.

DePaul Concert Hall

Chicago, IL

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"15-year-old Joshua Brown ……. proved that he is accomplished in a variety of musical styles. He began with an awe-inspiring performance of Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 that suggested he has a musician with decades of experience living inside him. His soulful and sensitive interpretation of the slow movement from Mozart’s Concerto No. 3, K. 216 showed that he has an opera singer in residence there as well. The cadenza was breathtaking. His opening flourishes in Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie were agile and athletic. Throughout the work, he tossed off wild technical passages with nimble dexterity, never taking leave of his full, clear, sound, pointed articulations, and spot-on pitch. The “Habanera” was sultry (that inner diva came to the fore once again). Throughout his set, his collaboration with pianist Nelson Padgett was perfect. This was a performance to sit back and enjoy.”   

clevelandclassical.com

NEWS

Review of Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Lakeview Orchestra

Chicago Classical Review

"Soloist Joshua Brown was a revelation in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto . . . Brown drew a sweet tone from his Guarneri violin, and even in the concerto’s most florid passages his phrasing was clear yet warm. He obviously has technique to spare, but his performance never slipped into showy, rough-edged fireworks. With the orchestra’s attentive accompaniment, the concerto sounded remarkably intimate. Brown saved the fireworks for his encore, Schubert’s searing song, Erlkonig, . . . Brown’s fierce torrent of high-speed, shuddering phrases evoked Schubert’s tale of a life-and-death race through a fairy-tale forest haunted by the evil Elf King."

The Week in Reviews

Violinist.com

"Joshua Brown performed in recital with pianist Verena Louis at Kempten International Chamber Music Festival in Germany.

  • Allgäuer Zeitung: 'A gifted violinist and a master already at the age of (19) - there is no other way to describe Joshua Brown.' "

"Already a Master at the Age of 20: The Young Violinist Joshua Brown Amazes with Virtuosity and Musicality"

Allgäuer Zeitung 

"A gifted violinist and a master already at the age of 20 - there is no other way to describe Joshua Brown. This year's winner of the Augsburger Leopold Mozart Violin Competition captured the audience with virtuosity and musicality during his performance with Verena Louis (piano)..... No matter whether it's producing virtuosic fireworks or suggesting a lonely walk in the woods: Joshua Brown, in seamless collaboration with Verena Louis, compellingly interprets all facets of Romanticism, including Tchaikovsky's 'Valse Sentimentale' as a yearning encore. All doors are open to this violinist."

"The Winner is ... Foundation Mozarteum/Award Winner"

Drehpunktkultur.com

"A brilliant impression was left by the American violinist Joshua Brown, winner of the 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart in Augsburg in 2019.  In the Grand Caprice for violin solo on Schubert's Erlkönig by Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, he brought out the colors of the vocal line and the accompaniment in a pictorial form, as well as the virtuoso technical brilliance of the Carmen Fantasy by Franz Waxman."

"Violinist Joshua Brown Wins Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition"

Violinist.com

Congratulations to the winners in the 10th Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition in Augsburg, Germany! They are:

  • First Prize/Mozart Prize (€ 20.000): Joshua Brown, 19 of the United States

  • Second Prize (€ 12.000): Karisa Chiu, 19 of the United States

  • Third Prize (€ 9.000): Kaoru Oe, 24 of Japan

"Prizes Awarded at Augsburg's Leopold Mozart Competition"

Violin Channel

"19-year-old violinist Joshua Brown from the United States has today been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition – in Augsburg, Germany.

A student of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, Joshua will receive €20,000, a CD recording – plus a number of important orchestral and festival performance opportunities."

"Joshua Brown wins Leopold Mozart Competition"

The Strad

"The 10th International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart has announced its winners. They are:

  • First Prize-Mozart Prize - Joshua Brown (US)

  • Second Prize - Karisa Chiu (US)

  • Third Prize - Kaoru Oe (Japan)

Joshua Brown also won invitations to a Kronberg Academy masterclass and recital at the International Chamber Music Festival Kempten 2019"

"For the first time a man - Joshua Brown wins Mozart Violin Competition"

Augsburger Allgemeine

"With finely cut tone, …  [Brown] scored with meticulous articulation, lively dynamics and an understanding of the rhetoric of this music…. Brown … renounced superficial sound enrichment and preferred to rely on narrative statement, even in the large, technically excellently mastered cadenza of the first movement . . . In addition, there were many spectacular quieter moments, such as his dialogue with the clarinet in the slow movement of the concerto."

"Men Can Also Win Mozart"

Augsburger Allgemeine, Feuilleton Regional

"His brilliant portrayal [in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto], with its lyrical colors and virtuoso drive, radiated refinement [and] the Kongress Hall [audience] celebrated with standing ovations."

"Chicago’s 2019 Luminarts Cultural Foundation Grants Awarded"

Violin Channel

"The Luminarts Cultural Foundation, in Chicago, has this week announced 18-year-old American violinist Joshua Brown as a recipient of 1 of 5 2019 Luminarts Fellowship grants.

A student of Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, Joshua will receive US $7,500 – to be used towards artistic funding and career development projects."

"Winners announced in the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition"

Violinist.com

"Congratulations to the winners of the 45nd annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition!  Top winners included ..... the Kairos String Quartet from the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, which won the Gold Medal in the Junior Division. The Kairos has had quite a month, having also won first prize in the Junior Division of the M-Prize just last week."

"Violinist Joshua Brown Named Winner in 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition"

Violinist.com

"Congratulations to violinist Joshua Brown, who was among 11 young musicians selected as winners in the 2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition..... Brown, of Gurnee, Ill., is the youngest and only pre-college winner this year, and he is the only violinist to have been named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist since 2014."

"2018 Yahama Music Young Performing Artist Winners Announced"

Violin Channel

The Week in Reviews

Violinist.com

Joshua Brown performed Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

  • The News-Gazette: "Brown is clearly a young performer of considerable promise. His sparkling playing in the Vivaldi 'Four Seasons' Concertos, along with fine ensemble work by members of the C-U Symphony, ably led at the harpsichord by Stephen Alltop, gave renewed joy to this often heard composition. As encore, Brown played with dazzling bravura the most famous of Niccolò Paganini's Études, No. 24 in A Minor, on which so many famous composers have written variations."

Review of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra

The News-Gazette

Elmhurst Symphony Offers Two Opportunities to Hear Violin Phenom Joshua Browm

Chicago Tribune

When he won the Elmhurst Symphony Stanger Audition and performed with the ESO in 2015, it was clear that Joshua Brown was a star in the making. Now you can hear this award-winning violin sensation perform Vivaldi's well-loved The Four Season along with members of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra as part of a program of Baroque favorites that will warm a chilly January afternoon..... 

The Week in Reviews

Violinist.com

"Joshua Brown performed Mozart's Rondo for Violin and Orchestra with the North Shore Chamber Music Festival.

  • Chicago Classical Review: '...his lithe playing betrays a musical maturity beyond his 17 years. A student of Almita and Roland Vamos, the young man played with great poise and a silken tone on his 1679 Guarneri (which he possesses as the youngest recipient of an instrument from the Stradivari Society of Chicago), and is clearly someone to watch in years to come.' "

Review of Mozart Rondo with ProMuisca Chamber Orchestra

Chicago Classical Review

The evening opened with an accomplished reading of Mozart’s Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, K. 373 with rising local violin star Joshua Brown as soloist.  Brown is the third annual honoree of the Arkady Fomin Scholarship Fund, an award granted each year through a “non-competitive process…….by an anonymous advisory board” to a gifted young artist who embodies the philosophy of the fund’s eponymous late violin pedagogue.

Whatever the procedure used to select a winner, it clearly worked in Brown’s case, as his lithe playing betrays a musical maturity beyond his 17 years.  A student of Almita and Roland Vamos, the young man played with great poise and a silken tone on his 1679 Guarneri (which he possesses as the youngest recipient of an instrument from the Stradivari Society of Chicago), and is clearly someone to watch in years to come.”

The Stradivari Society: Connecting Performing Artists With Highly-Valued Instruments

Violinist.com

....... "Joshua Brown, the most recent recipient of a Stradivari Society violin, attests to this phenomenon. Brown, 17, was granted the use of a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin in December, which was a step up from his already-quite-nice 1910 Postiglione. 'Every week I feel like I get to know it better and better,' said Brown..... 'To get a great sound out of this violin and a lot of Guarneri violins, you really have to push a little more and try a little harder. This has been really good for me, learning to make that extra effort.' ......"

"My New Journey With My New Guarneri"

Violin Channel

"The Violin Channel recently caught up with 17 year old American violinist Joshua Brown – who was last week granted the long term use of a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.  In a VC-exclusive blog, Joshua expresses his appreciation for his new musical companion – and tells us what he feels it will mean for his emerging career......"

"Joshua Brown, 17, Receives Pietro Guarneri Violin through Stradivari Society"

Violinist.com

"Violinist Joshua Brown, 17, is the newest recipient of an instrument loan through the Chicago-based Stradivari Society.

Brown, a student of Almita and Roland Vamos at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, will have long-term use of a 1679 Pietro Guarneri made in Cremona, loaned through a generous patron. 

Already a veteran of the competition circuit, Brown has won top prizes at many competitions, including the 2015 IX International Tchaikovsky Competition (Audience Award, Honorable Mention, the Academy of Arts Golden Medal, and the Siberian Academy of Arts Talent Award); the 2015 Cooper International Violin Competition (Second Place and the Audience Award); and the 2016 Stradivarius International Violin Competition (Third Place)."

17-year-old Joshua Brown receives Pietro Guarneri Violin on long-term loan"

The Strad

"Joshua Brown has been granted use of a violin by Pietro Guarneri of Mantua on long-term loan. The 17-year-old student at the Music Institute of Chicago has received the Cremonese-made 1679 instrument through the Stradivari Society thanks to a generous patron. 

Winner of the 2016 ENKOR International Music Competition, the young violinist was also First Prize winner in the 2016-2017 American Music Institute’s Violin Competition, and National YoungArts winner in 2016 and 2017.

‘I am so grateful and honored that the Stradivari Society has granted me the long-term use of the Pietro Guarneri violin,’ said Brown. ‘Playing such a high calibre instrument really opens up so many more ways for me to express myself as a musician, and I am so thankful to both my patron and the Society for believing in me.’

The Stradivari Society currently loans instruments to artists including Vadim Gluzman, Augustin Hadelich, Clara Jumi-Kang, Stephen Waarts and Philippe Quint."

"Talented Teen Latest Loan Recipient From Chicago's Stradivari Society"

Violin Channel

"It has been announced today that 17 year old American violinist Joshua Brown has been granted the long term use of a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin – on loan from a private patron of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

A student of Almita and Roland Varmos at the Academy of Music Institute of Chicago, Joshua is a former major prize winner at the Enkor and Cooper International Violin Competitions.

'I am so grateful and honored that the Stradivari Society has granted me the long-term use of the Pietro Guarneri violin … ' Joshua has told The Violin Channel.

'Playing such a high caliber instrument really opens up so many more ways for me to express myself as a musician, and I am so thankful to both my patron and the Society for believing in me,' he has said. 

The Stradivari Society of Chicago also currently supports VC Artists Paul Huang, Augustin Hadelich, Francisco Fullana and Stephen Waarts."

Review of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with Cleveland Orchestra

clevelandclassical.com

"Had he played from behind a curtain, you wouldn’t have believed that Joshua Brown (from Gurnee, Illinois) was only 15. 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 a work that includes long, bleak elegies, wild Klezmer-like outbursts, a super-serious Passacaglia and a cheeky Burlesca. Never losing control and producing a consistently handsome tone, even when muted, Brown was spellbinding throughout his entire time on stage. Ling and the Orchestra followed him closely, and if a few details went awry, it was difficult to believe that this concerto could have been put together on so little rehearsal. Brown received an enthusiastic standing ovation — and some of the audience wanted to applaud early, after the Scherzo."

Review of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with Cleveland Orchestra

The Plain Dealer

"Brown's choice of Dmitri Shostakovich's dark and demanding concerto in A minor was unusual for so young an artist, but he brought a fully mature sensibility to the dark and emotionally ambiguous first and third movements, wherein Shostakovich eschews technical virtuosity in favor of songful expressiveness.

In the fast movements, Brown tore into the demanding score, inhabiting the exhilarating (albeit frightening) dance of death that is the Scherzo, and the ironic (albeit high-spirited) Burlesca that brings the work to an ovation-prompting conclusion. Brown played with such assurance that it was easy to forget he was a young teenager."

Review of Recital Round at Cooper International Violin Competition

clevelandclassical.com

"Following his stunning performance of the Shostakovich concerto on Tuesday, 15-year-old Joshua Brown (from Gurnee, Illinois) proved on Wednesday evening that he is accomplished in a variety of musical styles. He began with an awe-inspiring performance of Paganini’s Caprice No. 24 that suggested he has a musician with decades of experience living inside him. His soulful and sensitive interpretation of the slow movement from Mozart’s Concerto No. 3, K. 216 showed that he has an opera singer in residence there as well. The cadenza was breathtaking. His opening flourishes in Waxman’s Carmen Fantasie were agile and athletic. Throughout the work, he tossed off wild technical passages with nimble dexterity, never taking leave of his full, clear, sound, pointed articulations, and spot-on pitch. The “Habanera” was sultry (that inner diva came to the fore once again). Throughout his set, his collaboration with pianist Nelson Padgett was perfect. This was a performance to sit back and enjoy."

Review of Concerto Round at Cooper International Violin Competition

clevelandclassical.com

"15-year-old Joshua Brown from Gurnee, Illinois, provided a dramatic contrast to the romantic concertos with his riveting performance of Shostakovich’s first concerto. Playing its bleak opening movement sotto voce, with controlled vibrato and sustained intensity, Brown made a complete contrast in the Scherzo. Rock-solid rhythm, a more extroverted intensity and color changes held the attention until he finally let everything loose during a wild Klezmer dance. His sensitive side re-emerged in the Passacaglia, followed by an expressive account of the startling cadenza. Brown’s impeccable handling of the meter changes in the final dance brought the piece to a thrilling conclusion, in partnership with pianist Nelson Padgett."

Interview by Dorothy Andries, Pioneer Press

Chicago Tribune

"Brown is the Rachel Barton Pine Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy, where he studies violin with Almita and Roland Vamos. He has played in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center as well in Ravinia's Bennett-Gordon Hall, and has won an impressive list of competitions. 'But up until now, a lot of them were closed to me because of my age,' he said. 'Now that I am in high school, I have many more opportunities.'

He is plunging into them with singular purpose. 'The main reason I compete is to be able to play as a soloist with orchestras,' Brown said. 'It is always a great experience for me, especially since I hope to become a professional musician someday.'.........."

 

"With finely cut tone, …  [Brown] scored with meticulous articulation, lively dynamics and an understanding of the rhetoric of this music…. Brown … renounced superficial sound enrichment and preferred to rely on narrative statement, even in the large, technically excellently mastered cadenza of the first movement . . . In addition, there were many spectacular quieter moments, such as his dialogue with the clarinet in the slow movement of the concerto.” 

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