Award-winning conductor and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Hong is in high demand as a chamber and orchestral violinist, collaborative pianist, educator, and guest conductor throughout the Baltimore and Washington D.C. region. Joshua currently serves as Music Director of the innovative Occasional Symphony (OS) and Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. His performances have been described as “supple, buoyant… sensitively conducted” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun).
In addition to his concerts with OS, Joshua made guest appearances with the Northern Neck Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra during the 2015-16 concert season. In April 2016, Joshua led Howard University's Afro Blue, the Howard University Choir, the Peabody Community Chorus, and OS musicians in the Baltimore premiere of Judah Adashi and Tameka Cage Conley's cantata Rise, commemorating the one-year anniversary of Freddie Gray's death and the riots that ensued.
Joshua has made concerto appearances on piano and violin with the New West Symphony, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Ventura College Community Orchestra, and Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra (CVYO). He has served as concertmaster of the CVYO, assistant concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, and principal second violin of the American Youth Symphony. Joshua is a founding member of the Atlas Quartet, winners of the Peabody Institute’s Yale Gordon Chamber Fellowship and semi-finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Joshua recently obtained a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied under Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. At Peabody, he was also awarded a Career Development Grant and a Graduate Assistantship. In 2012, Joshua obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki. He will be furthering his studies in orchestral conducting under Larry Rachleff at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music this fall.