Hailed for his “particularly outstanding” playing (Chattanooga Times Free Press), Josh Holritz is a violinist who has performed as soloist, recitalist, and orchestral musician in Europe, Asia, Africa, and in more than 20 states around the continental United States.
Josh is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. He has been a member of the Glens Falls Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and served as concertmaster for the Buffalo Community Orchestra (MN). Josh has performed with the Vienna Radio Orchestra and New World Symphony and regularly substitutes with the Charleston, Nashville, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.
An avid chamber musician, Josh was a founding member of the Emmaus Quartet which gave over 100 performances in the Southeast between 2004-2006. Josh presently maintains a busy performance schedule with Schaafritz, a duo with his wife, CSO principal flutist Kristen Holritz. Additionally, Josh performs weekly with the CSO String Quintet in their effort to bring classical music to local schools and the greater Chattanooga community. Josh is currently collaborating with Lee University professor Dr. ChoEun Lee to perform the entire Beethoven Violin Sonata Cycle over four semesters between 2017-2019.
Josh is an advocate for newly composed music and improvisation. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “A Player’s Guide: Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46”, includes a complete recording of Auerbach’s Op. 46 preludes. Josh’s free improvisation work can be heard on Spotify under the album title Blow- Fi. In 2017 Josh performed two world premiers of chamber works by Chattanooga composers Douglas Hedwig (Moveable Borders) and Jonathan McNair (All a-Cryin’). Josh is also an active studio musician in Nashville, TN and has played on multiple soundtracks for many of today’s popular film, television shows, and video games.
Dedicated to training the next generation of musicians, Josh currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Adjunct Professor at Covenant College where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music. He has also served on faculty for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and is currently a faculty artist for the Bay View Music Festival.
Josh holds a B.M. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a M.M. from the University of Minnesota, and a D.M.A. from the University of Georgia. His principal teachers have been Mark Reneau, Michael Dabroski, Kevin Lawrence, Sally O'Reilly, and Michael Heald.