Joshua Jones is a cellist, 19 years of age, hailing from Brisbane. He has studied cello with Howard Penny since 2020, and commenced training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2022. In 2023, Joshua commenced his combined Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne and ANAM. Previous teachers include Dr. Meta Weiss, Karol Kowalik, and Christine Wang.
Joshua holds both Licentiate and Associate of Music Australia (Distinction) diplomas. He is four-time prize winner of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Prize, and a three-time winner of the Australian String Teachers Association Concerto Competition. He also participated in the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy over several years.
During his schooling, Joshua performed both as an orchestral soloist and as a chamber musician. He performed the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Queensland Youth Symphony in 2021. He participated in the 2019 National Youth Concerto Competition, and was a finalist in 2021. His piano trio, Amogus Trio, won the Musica Viva’s Strike-A-Chord Competition in 2021.
Joshua has performed as Principal Cello with the Queensland Youth Symphony (QYS), and is currently a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra. He toured with QYS to Germany and China in 2017. Joshua has performed in masterclasses with Richard Aaron, Li Wei Quin, Wolfgang Schmidt and Philippe Muller.
In 2022, his first year of ANAM, Joshua performed in a masterclass for Daniel Mueller Schott, and progressed to the second round of the ANAM Concerto Competition. As a soloist, Joshua performed the Rococo Variations with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed a solo recital of Britten’s First Suite and Kodaly’s Solo Sonata on the Australian Digital Concert Hall ‘Rising Stars Program’. He represented ANAM in the final concert of a Cello Festival combining University of Melbourne, VCASS and ANAM students.
Aside from music, Joshua’s interests include Chess, Jiu Jitsu, Anime and knowing any interesting, weird, and unusual fact about anything.
FROM: Brisbane, QLD. Lands of the Jagera/Turrbal peoples.
Joshua’s training at ANAM is supported by ANAM Syndicate donors Liz O'Shaughnessy and Roger Badalassi, Jan Grant, Ralph and Margaret Plarre, Jannie Brown, Igor Zambelli, Faye Goldsmith, Anonymous
Joshua plays a Peter Goodfellow 2022 cello, generously on loan to ANAM from Jannie Brown
Photo credit: Pia Johnson