Joshua Tavenier

All prize winners
First Prize
Nationality: Dutch
Instrument: Strings
Date of birth 2005/09/19

Joshua Tavenier was born in 2005 and has been playing the violin since he was four. He started violin lessons with Coosje Wijzenbeek as his teacher in Hilversum and continued at the Sweelinck Academy for Young Talent at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is currently studying under Chris Duindam at the Academy of Musical Talent. Joshua enjoys playing in the Fancy Fiddlers string ensemble with whom he has performed in several chamber music formations in various concert halls in the Netherlands and abroad. He has attended master classes including those given by Charles Watt, Nadia Wijzenbeek and Marc Danel.

Wenneke Savenije commented in ‘De Nieuwe Muze’ (2022) that his playing is cool, gifted, musical and driven and that playing the violin seems to come relatively easily to him. She also noted that in times when classical music is increasingly unsteady on its traditional foundations, young violinists like Tavenier are a hope for the future.

In January 2022, Joshua took part in the Netherlands Violin Competition, coming first in the Davina van Wely category. The jury described him as a born musician with an exceptional sense of character for each piece of music, searching to expand the range of colours of the violin. He also won the Coosje Wijzenbeek Prize and was awarded the prize for the best performance of the modern work Riffs by Joey Roukens. In March 2022, Joshua won the regional final of the Princes Christina Concours.

Joshua has performed on the NPO Radio 4 programmes Podium, Spiegelzaal and Podium Witteman. He performs regularly as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles.

If you are interested in working with Joshua, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.


J.S. Bach, Partita nr. 2 in B minor
J.S. Bach, Partitia nr. 3 in E major

With piano
B. Bartok, Rumänische volkstanze
J. Brahms, Scherzo in C minor
C. Debussy, Sonata for violin and piano in G minor (Op. 21)
E. Grieg- Sonata for violin nr. 3, (Op. 8)
F. Kreisler, Tambourain chinois (Op. 3)
M. Moszkowski, Guitarre, (Op. 45 nr. 2)
F. Ries, perpetuum mobile (Op. 34, nr. 5)
J. Roukens, Riffs
R. Schumann, violin sonata nr. 1, (Op. 105)
R. Schumann, Fantasiestüke (Op. 73)
I. Stravinsky, Chanson Russe (‘Parasha’s Aria’)
H. Wieniawski, 2 Mazurkas Caracteréstiques (Op. 19 nr. 1)

With orchestra
E. Chausson, Poème for violin and orchestra in E flat major (Op. 25)
F. Mendelssohn, Concerto for violin in E minor (Op. 64)
W.A. Mozart, Rondo in C, KV373
J. Sibelius, Humoresque (Op. 89, nr. 4)
P.I. Tschaikovsky, Melody in E flat major , from: Souvenir d’un lieu cher, (Op. 42 nr. 3)
M. Weinberg, Concertino for violin and orchestra (Op. 42)
H. Wieniawski, First Polonaise de concert, in D major, (Op. 4)

Chamber music
L. Beethoven, String Quartett (Op. 18 nr. 6)
A. Dvorák, Piano Trio (Op. 65)
A. Dvorák, String Quartet (Op. 96 nr, 12) “American”
E. Grieg, Holberg Suite
F. Mendelssohn, String Octet in E flat major
F. Mendelssohn, Symphonia Nr. 1 and 5
F. Schubert, String Quartet (Op. 13) “Rosamunde”


Nederlands Vioolconcours 2022 - Beste uitvoering Riffs, Joey Roukens - Joshua Tavenier
Nederlands Vioolconcours 2022 - finale Davina van Wely Prijs - Joshua Tavenier

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