Joshua Hong is currently pursuing a second degree in orchestral conducting under Larry Rachleff at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he also serves as Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra. In addition to his regular appearances with the Shepherd School Orchestras this season, Joshua served as Cover Conductor for Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Robert Spano at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He also served as Assistant Conductor for Patrick Summers in Shepherd School Opera’s production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. Last season, Joshua made his professional guest conducting debut leading a subscription concert with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. His performances have been described as “supple, buoyant… sensitively conducted” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun). He previously served as Music Director of the Baltimore-based Occasional Symphony and Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
Joshua holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied under Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar and served as Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Opera Theatre. Last summer, Joshua studied under Federico Cortese and Robert Spano as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has been awarded fellowships to attend the Atlantic and Cabrillo Music Festivals this summer. Joshua is a recipient of a 2019 Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S.
Joshua was a founding member of the Atlas Quartet, winners of Peabody Conservatory’s Yale Gordon Chamber Fellowship and semi-finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Masao Kawasaki.