Recently it was announced that Joshua will be the featured soloist for the debut performances by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). The major new initiative will, beginning in summer 2013, bring together the most talented young orchestral players, ages 16–19, from across the United States.
Joshua’s 1713 Huberman violin is featured in a recently published four volume book set covering 148 Stradivari instruments. What’s unusual about this collection is that the instruments are depicted in exceptional life-size photographs – when folded out, some cellos reach a length of 96 cm. The Stradivari books are edited by violin dealer and publisher Jost Thoene and photographer Jan Roehrmann.
Joshua recently made his first appearance with the Kansas City Symphony at the stunning new Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City for which all three nights were sold out. Joshua performed the Brahms concerto. The 1,600-seat Hall is the new home for the Symphony conducted by Joshua’s long-time friend Michael Stern.
Poets have long written about the beauty and transformative power of music. Yet without using one word of dialogue, Los-Angeles-filmmaker based Marcos Efron has crafted a sweet and moving short film about music's unique ability to inspire and bring people together.
Joshua and Jeremy Denk have just received an ECHO Klassik Award for Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year (19th Century) for French Impressions. This is Germany’s biggest classical music award and the televised ceremony will take place October 14 in Berlin.
Joshua reunited with Jeremy Denk for a May European recital tour to Italy, Spain, England, France, Germany and Austria performing Mendelssohn Sonata in F for Violin and Piano; Grieg Sonata No.2 in G for Violin and Piano, Op.13; Gershwin, arr. Heifetz; Three Preludes; Franck Sonata in A for Violin and Piano. Of their London performance ClassicaIsource.com observed:
Before returning to the U.S., Joshua rejoined the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in studio to record Beethoven Symphonies 4 and 7. This is the first recording made under Joshua's new role as music director for the orchestra and it will be followed by additional recordings of all of the Beethoven symphonies.
Joshua’s 2012 summer appearances include the premiere of the new Concerto for Violin and Double Bass by Edgar Meyer to be performed by Bell and Meyer at Tanglewood July 7th, in Aspen July 13th and at the Hollywood Bowl on July 17th and 19th.
There’s a terrific new documentary that is being played city by city on PBS titled Violin Masters, Two Gentlemen of Cremona. This documentary focuses on violin makers Stradivari and Guarneri and includes Joshua discussing his Stradivarius violin.
Joshua has “returned” to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix where he recorded his latest CD of French sonatas titled French Impressions with Jeremy Denk.
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