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, Contemporaneous, Bard Conductor Festival Orchestra, the CCM Showcase Orchestra, Ensemble Du Monde, Colour of Music Festival 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 regularly tours with The Mayhem Poets, performing with the performance poets in major performing arts venues across the country, the indie-rock outfit Whale Belly, Chassidic Reggae group, The Moshe Hecht Band, contemporary Classical music ensemble, Contemporaneous, Warp Trio, and the string ensemble, Alkali.
Recently, Josh became 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 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, The Sugar Hill Gang, Sufjan Stevens, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff, and members of bands such as "Deer Hoof", Beirut, and "The Eagles".
Currently a PhD candidate at New York University, Josh is an adjunct instructor of violin and chamber music at NYU and additionally teaches a course on improvisation for classical string payers. He is also on the chamber music faculty at the Kaufman Center’s Face the Music program, an intensive program designed to foster education of contemporary classical music to talented high school students. A new music enthusiast and composer himself, Josh has collaborated with members of the Bang on a Can All Stars, composed a full-length ballet (“Marie”, premiered by Caliince Dance at Alvin Ailey Theater), and recently a viola concerto premiered in 2014 by the Chelsea Symphony. He has also premiered several new works including two world premiers for solo violin and orchestra.
Josh studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus, and at New York University with Prof. Naoko Tanaka.
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