Joshua Mhoon

Pianist, Actor and Composer

Joshua with the EDR Orchestra

Joshua Mhoon made his orchestral debut at the age of nine playing an arrangement of Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum with the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra. Since then, Joshua has played many places around the world. He has played and performed in Germany, Ireland, England, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Austria, and France. He has played at a wide range of venues from The Ravinia Festival in Chicago, to Festhalle Riegelsberg in Germany, to Musikverein in Vienna,  to a Chicago Bulls halftime show at United Center. He has also played at the Kennedy Center, Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago Symphony Center, Copernicus Center, University of Chicago’s Logan Center For Performing arts, Preston Bradley Hall, Studebaker Theater, Ganz Hall, McCormick Place, Steinway Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. He has talked and performed on radio stations WFMT and WBEZ, ABC’s Windy City Live, CBS’s Someone You Should know, NPR’s The Barbershop Show, Vienna Public Broadcasting Channel, and PBS’s Chicago Tonight. He has also been in columns and front pages in TimeOut Chicago, Rollingout Magazine, The Wednesday Journal, the Chicago Sun Times, and the German newspaper Saarbrucker Zeitung.  Joshua’s awards and achievements include 1st place and overall winner in the 2015 Walgreens National Concerto Competition, CAMTA Sonata Festival, 4x and Olympic level winner of Granquist Music Competition, 2017 Emilio Del Rosario Young Artist International Piano Concerto Competition Junior Division Winner and the 2015 Depaul Concerto Competition . After winning the 2016 Depaul Concerto Competition, he performed Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra at Depaul. Joshua has performed on three separate occasions on the Horowitz Piano at the Chicago Steinway Gallery.  For four years Joshua was enrolled in the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory at Merit School of Music. He was given many opportunities including  performing for The Vice Premier of China at Pritzker Pavilion as well as playing and giving mini piano lessons at Chicago Symphony Center.Joshua was also given the opportunity to perform with first clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic Anthony McGill in 2016 at the Merit School of Music Gala.  In 2014, Joshua was chosen out of over 350 kids at the conservatory and received the Bonnie M. Stein Scholarship. 

In 2015, Joshua was one of eight kids to be selected to attend the Lang Lang Allianz Junior Music Camp in Vienna. There were over 400 applicants from 64 different countries and he was selected as one of the two Americans to attend the camp. He was featured in a documentary that aired on Viennese television as well as on Redbull Tv's Vision of Greatness, Season One, Episode Two. While at Allianz Junior Music Camp, Joshua took lessons from Martina Bauer and Wolfram Schmitt Leonardy from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. All of his lessons, practicing, and performances took place in Musikverein. After his masterclass with Lang Lang, Joshua played Dvorak Slavonic Dances no. 8 with Lang Lang. In January of 2017 he participated in Forum Junger in Germany where he played three public concerts and took lessons from Wolfram Schmitt Leonardy and also Ramzi Yassa who is a famous pianist and jury member of prestigious competitions like the Queen Elizabeth II Competition and Tel Aviv International Piano Competition. Joshua participated in the Chicago Youth in Music Festival master classes with Yo Yo Ma in 2015 and 2016. During the Summer of 2016 he studied with Steinway Artist Sergio Ruiz and After coming back from the six week advanced piano and chamber music program at Interlochen Arts Camp, Joshua received a huge surprise. He was given a Steinway Model B from Steinway and Sons and an anonymous donor. Joshua’s previous upright was having a lot of issues so this gift came at a great time. The anonymous donor gave the piano to Steinway and told them that they had to give the piano to a child that was deserving of it and Steinway chose Joshua. He takes private lessons with Brenda Huang at her home studio and he previously studied with Mio-Isoda Hagle at Merit School of Music, Alexander Djordjevic from the Music Institute of Chicago, and had his first lessons with Dr. Harry Steckman at the Steckman School of Music. Aside from Private Lessons, he studied duet performance with Claire and Ralph Neiweem from the Music Institute of Chicago. Aside from piano repertoire, he also is a regular chamber music performer. He studied chamber music with two-time GRAMMY nominated group, The Lincoln Trio at the Music Institute of Chicago and he also studied. Joshua is a Mensa Member and his favorite pianists are Valentina Lisitsa, Lang Lang, Evgeny Kissin, and Vladimir Horowitz.

 

 

 

 

Photographer: Jun Mhoon

Musician: Joshua August Mhoon (JAM)

Festival: EDR International Young Artist Concerto Competition