Joshua Burel is the recipient of several awards including the Theodore Presser Music Award for his project Czech Composers and the Holocaust: Engaging History through Composition and Performance, Downbeat Music Award for his orchestral performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan,” and Goodwill Ambassador Award from the city of Holland, MI as a member of the International Holland String Quartet.
An accomplished violinist, Joshua has performed throughout Europe, Mexico, and the United States and recorded Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Symphony No. 2 under the Naxos music label with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra. He is the violinist and president of the new music ensemble and non-profit arts organization What Is Noise. The ensemble tours throughout the United States and made their debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014.
Joshua’s composition Roanoke has been featured in concerts throughout the country including Carnegie Hall. He is the recipient of several commissions including his work Andooni for Anastasia Christofakis and the Armenian Music Symposium, Sonata for viola and piano for violist Peter Dutilly, and Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano “Subharmonics” for violinist Naomi Droge to explore an extended violin technique allowing players to produce notes below the G-string. His Concerto for Violin and Orchestra was written as part of his own research with Czech composers and the Holocaust.
Joshua completed his Doctor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition at Florida State University and completed his Master of Music degree in Composition and his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and Music Education at Western Michigan University. He studied composition with Ladislav Kubik, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, C. Curtis-Smith, and Richard Adams and violin with Benjamin Sung, Renata Artman Knific, Amanda Walvoord Dykhouse, and Ellen Rizner. He has served on the faculties of Webster University in St. Louis, MO and the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.