Josh Henderson

Violinist - Violist - Composer

JOSH HENDERSON is enjoying a multi-faceted career as a cross-genre violinist, violist, and composer. As a Classical musician, he has performed as soloist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, China Performing Arts Broadcasting Troupe, The Starling Chamber Orchestra, Accent X Festival Orchestra, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Bard Conductors Festival Orchestra, Colour of Music Virtuosi, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Contemporaneous, New-Gen Orchestra of Curacao, Ensemble Du Monde, the CCM Showcase Orchestra and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Munich's Gasteig, and The Forbidden City Concert Hall of Beijing.

He has additionally built a reputation for his high-energy electric violin performances in genres such as Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Country-Fiddle. A member of several nationally and internationally touring groups, he has embarked on the road with groups such as The Mayhem Poets, performing with the performance poets in major performing arts venues across the U.S.A., DIVAMANIA, a Lucerne Festival sponsored dance-music fusion project, the indie-rock outfit Whale Belly, Chassidic Reggae group, The Moshe Hecht Band, contemporary Classical music ensemble, Contemporaneous, the string ensemble, Alkali, and the genre-bending chamber group Warp Trio.

Josh is currently music director for the Emmy award-winning Damien Escobar (of Nuttin' But Stringz) and has performed at a number of events across the globe including a performance at the 2013 Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball hosted by Russell Simmons and honoring Barack Obama. Other band-leader positions include serving as music director to pop singer Zahra Universe on her South Korean tour, and to the rapper LikWUid Stylez. A sought after freelance musician in New York City, Josh has performed, recorded, and collaborated with popular artists such as Chris Brown, Bilal, Solange, The Sugar Hill Gang, David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Love, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Palmer, Mirah, Amine, Jherek Bischoff, and members of bands such as "Beirut", "Deer Hoof", "Blue Oyster Cult", and "The Eagles".

As a composer, he has written for films and had several chamber works performed, including a Carnegie Hall premier of his "A Bird Fell Today" by Duo Anova. Larger works include a full length Ballet for Caliince Dance company, "Marie: Embroidering Survival", which was premiered at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 2012, the 2014 the premier of his viola concerto by the Chelsea Symphony, and the 2017 premiere of his co-written Triple Concerto for Warp Trio and Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra.

Josh studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus, and at New York University with Prof. Naoko Tanaka. Festival studies include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Bang on a Can, Great Wall Music Festival, and Lucerne Festival Academy. He currently teaches a course on improvisation for classical string majors at NYU and is also on the Chamber Music Faculty for the contemporary music for youth program, "Face the Music".

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