Performance Bio

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).  The President of the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, M. Frischenschlager, writes, “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.”

Peckins has presented solo recitals nationally and internationally in over 30 venues, including the renowned 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.

Currently performing ca. 20 recitals a season, Peckins draws on a traditional classical repertoire studied in Vienna and performed internationally (on tour in Japan, Europe, and North America), and engages modern audiences by speaking from the stage, inviting them into a rich and personal experience of hearing the performance, and with innovative programming.  He founded the recital series Art of the Recital in 2016, with a focus on violin/piano sonatas, newer works, and virtuoso/salon pieces.  He is also in the middle of a multi-year lecture recital project, Invitation to Bach and Ysaye, in which he is performing the complete works for solo violin by Bach and Ysaye, with a recording project of this repertoire scheduled for 2019/20.

Also an active chamber musician, Peckins has appeared with the renowned New England Bach Festival at Marlboro, A Far Cry (also as section leader), Camerata New England, Music at Eden’s Edge, and Manchester Summer Chamber Music (also as concerto soloist).  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.