Joshua Williams has rapidly established himself as one of the rising stars in this current generation of artists. In 2017, he was awarded first prize in the professional division of the International Horn Competition of America. As the top prize winner in this premier international competition, Joshua has been recognized as one of the outstanding horn soloists of his generation. Prior to this achievement, Joshua has been a first prize winner in a variety of other competitions sponsored by the International Horn Society and its constituent regional units, including the Southeast Horn Workshop solo competition, orchestral excerpt competition (both high horn and low horn), and quartet competitions.
Joshua maintains an active schedule as a soloist, clinician and teacher. He has been a featured artist at the Southeast Horn Workshop and the International Horn Symposium. He has also performed as a soloist with a number of notable performing ensembles, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The United States Army Field Band. Additionally, he has given masterclasses and has presented lectures at numerous schools and college campuses across the United States.
Joshua is also an active orchestral musician. He has performed with a number of orchestras throughout the United States, including a two-week appearance as a substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the 2018-2019 season.
Joshua is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and began horn studies with Charles (Skip) Snead at the University of Alabama during his ninth grade year in high school. He has studied with Snead for over 10 years, having completed his BM, and MM degrees at the University of Alabama. He is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Alabama, where he will receive his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in the 2019-2020 school year. Joshua performs exclusively on an instrument hand crafted by Schmiedhäuser Orchestral Horns.