Profile Type: Artist
Joshua Peckins, Violinist

Award-winning violinist Joshua Peckins is among the most active recitalists in New England, performing solo concerts of “particular brilliance” (Worcester Telegram) and with “a gift for capturing audiences’ attention” (Backyard News).  “His way of making music intensive, profound, intelligent and on stage he shows a sensitiveness and poetic phantasy in his performances which rarely are to find among the young violinists of our time,” writes the President of the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, M. Frischenschlager.

Joshua Peckins is currently presenting violin/piano duo recitals and solo violin lecture recitals.  Under the concept title Art of the Recital, Peckins draws on a traditional classical repertoire studied in Vienna and performed internationally (on tour in Japan, Europe, and North America), to engage modern audiences with passionate violin/piano duo recitals with pianist Eliko Akahori.  By speaking from the stage, Peckins invites audiences into a rich and personal experience of hearing the performance.  Duo recitals are perfect for venues with a fine piano, looking for a full and compelling recital experience.

He is also in the middle of a multi-year solo violin lecture recital project, Invitation to Bach and Ysaye, in which he is performing the complete works for solo violin by Bach and Ysaye.  Live performance is combined with rich and meaningful stories about the composers and their music.  Lecture recitals are perfect for smaller venues without a piano, as well as educational institutions.

Peckins has presented recitals internationally in renowned concert settings, including Figaro Hall of Palace Pálffy (where Mozart himself presented his “The Marriage of Figaro”), Crystal Hall in Japan, the Haydn and Mendelssohn Halls in Austria, as well on the Artist Series of the Bled Festival in Slovenia, the Salzburg Festival at the Mozarteum, the Orford Festival in Canada, and the Cervo Festival in Italy.

Also an active chamber musician, Peckins has appeared with the New England Bach Festival at Marlboro, A Far Cry, Camerata New England, Music at Eden’s Edge, and Manchester Summer Chamber Music.  He has performed string quartets in concerts ranging from the streets of Paris to an audience with the federal president of Austria, and has performed chamber music on nationally syndicated TV/radio on three continents, including NPR’s From the Top, a European Union special television broadcast, and educational programming in Japan. 

As orchestral musician, Peckins has toured from Symphony Hall to Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s Performing Arts Center.  He has served as associate concertmaster of the Cape Cod Symphony and first violinist of the Boston Philharmonic and Discovery Ensemble, as well as at the Monadnock Festival.

First appearing as soloist with orchestra at age 11, Joshua Peckins has performed as soloist with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, the Bach Consort, Manchester Summer Chamber Music, the Orchestra on the Hill, and the Wakefield Choral Society, performing concerti and solo works by Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sarasate, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, and John Williams.  He will appear with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic in 2020 performing Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

Mr. Peckins’ teachers include some of the legendary figures of classical violin playing, including Michael Frischenschlager (student of Yehudi Menuhin), Nicholas Kitchen, Marylou Churchill, Syoko Aki, Lynn Chang, Tymur Melnyk, Maria Benotti, and Trudy Larson.

Post.Grad Vienna University of Music, MM Yale School of Music, BM New England Conservatory. Violin and Chamber Music faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Extension Division.

Additional Links: 
Recorded at a recital with pianist Yoshiko Kline.
Recorded at a recital in Cambridge with pianist Eliko Akahori.
Live performance recorded on tour in Japan.

I Have Worked With

  • May 2019

    The Woburn Public Library presented a violin recital by Joshua Peckins, featuring music by Bach and Ysaye.

  • April 2019

    The Belmont Public Library presented violinist Joshua Peckins in a solo recital as part of his "Invitation to Bach and Ysaye" recital series.

  • February 2019

    The Memorial Hall Library presented violinist Joshua Peckins and pianist Eliko Akahori in a violin/piano duo recital, featuring Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, as well as other works by Paganini, Bach, Monti, and Brahms.


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Classical Violinist
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Arlington, MA 02474
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Primary Discipline: 
Music - Solo / Recital
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Music - General
Music - Chamber
Music - Solo / Recital
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General Public
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Performing Groups
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Performance / Concert / Reading
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Art of the Recital, Artistic Director
New England Conservatory, Prep School Faculty
Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, Post.Grad. in Violin Performance
Yale School of Music, Master of Music in Violin Performance
New England Conservatory, Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Zinaida Gilels Memorial Award
Music at Eden's Edge Emerging Artist Award

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
For recitals violin/piano duo recitals, a piano is required.
For unaccompanied violin recitals, no piano is required.
A stage/performance space.
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