A musician of unusual versatility and natural musicality, Joshua Johnson began his musical life in rural Pennsylvania as a violist at the age of 9. By 13, he was performing in chamber groups, school orchestras, local and regional symphonies playing violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone.
This early exposure to “doubling” kindled a deep love of the tools musicians use to create their art, and a recognition that there is as much artistry that goes into creating a musical instrument as there is in performing on one.
Following studies at the Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, after taking a break from performing to focus on other interests , Josh realized that his true calling lay in the orchestra pits of the theater world where he could make full use of his multi-instrumental abilities and not primarily on the concert stage. While he has never stopped performing in symphony orchestras, chamber groups and as an occasional recitalist, it is in theater where he has spent the bulk of his performing career.