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Joshua Henderson

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Visiting Assistant Professor
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Josh Henderson is the Grant Wood Fellow Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Music for the 2021-2022 academic year.  He is enjoying a multi-faceted career as a cross-genre violinist, violist, and composer. As a classical soloist, he has performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, China Performing Arts Broadcasting Troupe, 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, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and The Forbidden City Concert Hall of Beijing.

Carving out a reputation in Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, and Country-Fiddle for his dynamic performances, he has served as music director for the Emmy award-winning Damien Escobar (of Nuttin' But Stringz), and in this role 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 spoken word artist 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, Angel Olsen, 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. Upcoming highlights include a new concerto grosso premier and tour for the ensemble, Palaver Strings in 2021.

A founding member of the cross-genre ensemble, Warp Trio, he has led the group on hundreds of concerts and University residencies throughout the United States, as well as on international tours throughout The United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, and the Caribbean. Highlights of recent seasons include, headlining performances at The LEM Festival for Experimental Music in Barcelona, the Omaha Under the Radar Festival, the 2020 MASA Jazz Festival in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and being one of the honored recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant. 

Josh studied at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus, and at New York University with Prof. Naoko Tanaka. He has served on the faculty at NYU, the Montserrat Summer Music Festival, and also on the Chamber Music Faculty for the contemporary music for youth program, "Face the Music".