Joshua Williams has rapidly established himself as one of the rising stars in this current generation of horn 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 Williams has been recognized as one of the outstanding soloists of his generation. Prior to this achievement, Williams 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.
As a soloist, Williams maintains an active schedule. 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.
Williams is also an active orchestral musician. Williams has performed with a number of orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.
Joshua Williams 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. Williams is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Alabama, where he serves as a horn studio assistant. Joshua Williams performs exclusively on an instrument hand crafted by Schmiedhäuser Orchestral Horns.
BA, University of Alabama
MM, University of Alabama
Doctoral Candidate, University of Alabama