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. In 2014 Joshua was a prize winner in the Hepzibah Menuhin competition.
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 twice received the Alexander Kirstein Scholarship for International Students.
Joshua maintains a varied career of chamber and solo performances. He has performed onstage at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, MIMIR Chamber music festival (Texas & Melbourne), Pacific Association of Music Schools Summit (Beijing), Lev Aronson Legacy Festival (Dallas), the Mount Buller Chamber Music Festival and numerous Australian Youth Orchestra programs. In 2018, Joshua and pianist Joyce Chahine founded JUO, a Melbourne based cello and piano duo.
Joshua performs on a Dutch cello by Jan Lindemann, 1943
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.
Cello Duo available for events. Cellists Joanna and Josh have been performing as a duo since 2012 in a variety of settings such as weddings, private events and other functions.
Their versatile repertoire complemented by the naturally warm, blended sound of the cello is sure to lift all occasions.