Curator of the Site
Joshua Villanueva is an undergraduate student at McGill University pursuing a double major in Piano Performance, Ancient Classics, and a minor in Early Music. In addition to being an active performer, he is also involved in music research that focuses on early 20th-century American music.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he started performing piano at the age of three while studying violin and tap dancing at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. He was also a violinist with the Colburn Orchestra. He participated in outreach programs with the Colburn Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated in spreading awareness of the arts in collaboration with the L.A. Unified School District. At seven, he was invited to perform with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles. As a versatile artist, his music-inspired oil paintings have been exhibited publicly across the U.S. As a student, Joshua studied piano with Ory Shihor, Marek Zebrowski, and Marina Mdivani; organ with Hans-Ola Ericsson; fortepiano with Tom Beghin; and participated in masterclasses given by Leon Fleisher, Laura Spitzer, and Menahem Pressler. Active in academia, Joshua has been invited to participate in an international research cluster at the Orpheus Institute in Belgium. He is also currently working on a research project for the United States World War One Centennial Commission that comprehensively covers American music written and performed during World War I.
In recognition of his achievements, Joshua has received awards and scholarships from the Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Young Musician’s Foundation, Spotlight Academy of the Music Center, The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, U.S. Academic Decathlon, National Society of High School Scholars, Canadian Portrait Society, Smithsonian Institute, Admiral Carey Foundation, Scottish Rite Supreme Council, Los Angeles City Council, and the United States Congress. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, golfing, amateur radio, and chess.