Joshua Fisher is a concert violinist, chamber musician and teacher and is recognised as one of the leading British violinists of his generation. He is Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music and violin/director of the English Soloists Ensemble, a chamber ensemble which brings together some of the finest string players in Britain today.
Presented on BBC Radio Three as a winner of the Young Artist Forum in 1994, Joshua has since appeared in the major concert halls throughout the UK. He has performed the violin solo in the UK premiere of Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.4 at the Royal Festival Hall, as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square.
Joshua has toured Italy, Spain, Sweden and France as soloist with orchestras and given numerous chamber music recitals throughout Europe. He has appeared as the violin/director and soloist with the Northern Sinfonia and broadcast live on Classic FM, Gibraltar Radio & Television, BBC Radio Three and Romanian National Radio. Joshua has led orchestras under the baton of Lord Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Rodney Friend and as both violinist and viola player, Joshua continues to undertake chamber music recitals and concertos in the UK and abroad.
Joshua studied with Felix Andrievsky and Rodney Friend at the Royal College of Music and represented the College in numerous concerts throughout Europe, winning eight prizes and awards. He accepted generous financial assistance from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and graduated with a First Class Performers Diploma. Rodney Friend’s influence continued into Joshua’s early teaching years and Joshua began teaching at the College in 1999.
In 1995 Joshua founded the English Soloists Ensemble, bringing together prize-winning soloists and members of some of the UK’s finest chamber groups. They perform the string orchestra repertoire without a conductor and under Joshua’s direction have performed regularly at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as St. James’s Piccadilly and Purcell Room.
Joshua takes a growing interest in the broader field of instrumental teaching and music education. He formed the Real Music Group, an initiative designed to highlight the decline in instrumental teaching in primary schools and offer practical solutions to government.