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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) with distinction. 


In 2014 Joshua was a prize winner in the Hepzibah Menuhin competition, his string quartet were finalists in the 2014 Musica Viva Chamber Music Award, and placed second in the 2013 University of Melbourne Chamber Music Competition.  


Joshua is a casual cellist with Orchestra Victoria, and maintains a schedule of chamber music recitals. Highlights include performances at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (Townsville), MIMIR Chamber Music Festival (Texas), Pacific Association of Music Schools Summit (Beijing), Lev Aronson Legacy Festival (Dallas), the Mount Buller Chamber Music Festival and Australian Youth Orchestra. 


Joshua’s mentors have included Brant Taylor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Zoe Knighton (Flinders Quartet), Howard Penny (ANAM), Anna Daniel and Felicity Schijf. 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 twice received the Alexander Kirstein Scholarship for International Students.   


Outside of his career as a musician, Josh also works as a UX Researcher for a healthtech company in Melbourne.  

Joshua performs on a Dutch cello by Jan Lindemann, 1943

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Melbourne Cello Octet

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Curated by cellist Belinda Liew, Melbourne Cello Octet brings together eight of Australia’s premiere cellists performing an incredible range of repertoire from Sacred works of J.S. Bach to Brazilian folk and pop music, Beethoven Overtures to fiery Spanish dances, and many more.

Regular members include Belinda Liew, Joshua Dema, Rohan De Korte, Josephie Vains, Yelian He, Rebecca Proietto, Kalina Krasteva, Zoe Knighton, Rosy Hunt, and more!


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JUO is a collaboration between pianist Joyce Chahine and cellist Joshua Dema.

The two collaborated during their years at the University of Melbourne, and through strong artistic connection, have joined forces to share their love of chamber music with a fresh and contemporary approach.

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