A 2019 recipient of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Joshua Hong is the sole orchestral conducting student of Larry Rachleff at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. At Rice, Joshua serves as Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra and appears in performance regularly with the Shepherd School Orchestras. He previously served as Music Director of the Baltimore-based Occasional Symphony and Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Joshua is the 2019-2020 awardee of Rice University’s Mrs. L. F. McCollum Fellowship in Music. Joshua made his professional guest conducting debut in 2017 leading a subscription concert with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. His performances have been described as “supple, buoyant… sensitively conducted” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun).

Last 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 to Patrick Summers in Shepherd School Opera’s production of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. He has been invited to return to St. Louis this September to cover for Mo. Denève’s first subscription program as the orchestra’s new Music Director. He will also cover for two subscription programs with the San Diego Symphony next spring.

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. In the summer of 2018, Joshua studied under Federico Cortese and Robert Spano as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School. This past summer, Joshua was invited to a month-long conducting fellowship at the Atlantic Music Festival, where he conducted 11 world premieres and recorded 12 other new compositions. Joshua also attended the 2019 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music as a recipient of the Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducting Fellowship, where he studied under Cristian Măcelaru and Octavio Más-Arocas and led the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in the world premiere of a work by Costas Dafnis.

Joshua was a founding member of the Atlas String 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.