Josh Holritz joins the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera as Associate Concertmaster for their 2014-2015 season. A previous resident of Chattanooga, Josh was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra from 1995-2000. In 1999 Josh won the annual CSOYO concerto competition and soloed with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera performing Beethoven's Romance in F major Op. 50. At that time Josh studied with former CSO Associate Concertmaster Mark Reneau.
Josh has performed as soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician in Canada, England, Austria, South Africa, Japan, and in more than 20 states around the continental United States. Josh has been a member of the Glens Falls Symphony and Greensboro Symphony, and has also performed with the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Augusta, and served as concertmaster of the Buffalo Community Orchestra (MN).
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 currently 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 community events.
Firmly committed to training the next generation of musicians, this fall Josh joined the faculty of Covenant College as adjunct instructor of violin. He also maintains a private studio out of his home.
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.
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, Kevin Lawrence, Sally O'Reilly, and Michael Heald.