Zildjian would like to congratulate Joshua (Josh) Vonderheide, the recipient of this year’s Avedis Zildjian Endowed Percussion Scholarship at The Julliard School of Music.
Born in Maine, percussionist Joshua Vonderheide is a third-year undergraduate student working towards his Bachelor of Music Degree at Juilliard. Joshua studies under Metropolitan Opera’s principle percussionist Greg Zuber and Joseph Pereira, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s principle timpanist. Besides Juilliard’s Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and New Ensemble, Joshua has performed with the U.S. Navy Band, Korean-American Presbyterian Orchestra, Marble Collegiate Church, Axiom Ensemble, and New York Choreographic Institute.
Joshua has participated in several prestigious festivals including the Aspen Music Festival where in 2011 he was named first runner-up in the Brass and Percussion Concerto Competition and a Charles Owen Fellow and the Texas Music Festival where he received the Olshan Fellowship.
More recently, Joshua won the 2012 Solo Percussion Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and was also named a finalist for the 2012 Kerope Zildjian Concert Percussion Scholarship. While at the Aspen Music Festival in 2011, Joshua was named first runner-up in the Brass and Percussion concerto competition. Joshua was also featured twice at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention playing the marimba and vibraphone.
Beyond Juilliard, Joshua has played, recorded extensively, and done studio arrangements for artist and film score composer Ebony Tay in the New York City area. Most recently, Joshua performed with Ms. Tay at the Digital Media Conference.
Joshua harnesses his musical expertise for community outreach efforts as well by participating in Juilliard’s Gluck Community Service Fellowship program. As a Gluck Fellow, Joshua gives instructional performances and concerts at health centers in the New York City area. He will also be coaching a young percussion duo in the 2012-2013 school year as a MAP Fellow, teaching in the Music Advancement Program (MAP) at Juilliard—a Saturday instrument instruction program for highly talented, yet traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented students ages 8 to 14 who reside in the tri-state area.
When he is not performing or practicing, Joshua enjoys learning Mandarin Chinese, cooking, and playing ultimate Frisbee.