Joshua Burel | Webster University

Joshua Burel, D.M.

Adjunct Professor of Music Composition

Dr. Josh BurelJoshua 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, a Downbeat Music Award for his orchestral performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan,” and a Goodwill Ambassador Award from the city of Holland, MI as a member of the International Holland String Quartet. An accomplished violinist, Joshua has performed in the United States, Europe, and Mexico. He recorded Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Symphony No. 2 under the Naxos Music Label with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and recently performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the new music ensemble What Is Noise.

As a composer Joshua’s music has been performed throughout the United States having had his work Roanoke performed at Carnegie Hall. In 2011, he was commissioned to write his Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano “Subharmonics,” which explores an extended violin technique allowing players to produce notes below the G-string and he recently completed his Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

Joshua completed his Doctor of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition at Florida State University and graduated with honors from Western Michigan University where he received his Master of Music degree in Composition and his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and Music Education. Joshua has 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.