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I'm a Cellist

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 Felicity Schijf, 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 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 the Australian Youth Orchestra. Joshua maintains a varied career of solo, chamber and orchestral performances. 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

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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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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.

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