Chicago violinist, 17, is given a Guarnerius

Chicago violinist, 17, is given a Guarnerius


norman lebrecht

December 16, 2016

Joshua Brown from Gurnee, Illinois, has been handed a 1679 Pietro Guarneri violin on long-term loan by a patron of Chicago’s Stradivari Society, a division of the instrument dealers Bein & Fushi.

A somewhat stunned Josh said: ‘Playing such a high caliber instrument really opens up so many more ways for me to express myself as a musician.’


  • Alexander says:

    This video, made when he was, I think, 15, is a much better example: The Sarabande is also on YouTube, as are several more videos.

    Out of curiosity, does he have a Jesuit background? All his YouTube videos include the motto AMDG.

    • Melanie says:

      That’s a different Joshua Brown (hazards of such a common name I’m afraid). The Joshua Brown in the article has only a few videos posted publicly and they are all on the same channel as the Waxman video. Here’s a Bach video link, if you are interested:

      • Alexander says:

        I’m confused. The video in the article has changed. The video that was there before was of the Bach double violin concerto. It was a Joshua Brown with another violinist and a rather poor orchestra (to be fair, I think they were children). My comment was not referring to the quality of the violin playing, but to the fact that it was hard to enjoy the Bach double concerto with such poor intonation on the part of the orchestra. This is the video that was in the article originally: That is the same Joshua Brown I was referring to. It seems that the article originally had a video of the wrong Joshua Brown!

  • Cyril Blair says:

    Gurnee, Illinois. GURNEE. Capitalized not to shout at you but to show the correct letters.

  • Alexander says:

    In case anyone else was confused, the video that was originally published with this article was this: That is a completely different violinist of the same name. This is the YouTube channel for the correct Joshua Brown: It would have been helpful if a correction had been published. Now that the correct Joshua Brown has been identified it is much easier to understand why he has been given this instrument to play.