Australian Cellist, Joshua Dema holds a Masters of Music with distinction from DePaul University (Chicago), a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne and was awarded the Australian Licentiate of Music (LMusA) award with distinction.

Joshua’s principal teachers include Anna Daniel, Zoe Knighton (Flinders Quartet), Howard Penny (ANAM) and Brant Taylor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). He received numerous scholarships during his studies including the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarship, the Kate Flowers Scholarship, the Otti Veit Violoncello Scholarship, the Corinna D'Hage String Scholarship and the Alexander Kirstein Scholarship for International Students.​

In 2014 Joshua was a finalist in the Hepzibah Menuhin competition. He has been performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, MIMIR Chamber music festival (Texas), Pacific Association of Music Schools Summit (Beijing), the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival (Dallas), the Mount Buller Chamber Music Festival and in various Australian Youth Orchestra programs. Joshua maintains a varied career of chamber and solo performances. In 2018, Joshua and pianist Joyce Chahine founded JUO, a Melbourne based cello and piano duo.


Joshua currently plays on a Dutch cello made by Jan Lindemann, 1943

Read about my time in Chicago here