Faculty Recital - Josh Holritz, violin
Josh Holritz, violin, will be presenting a faculty recital with guest pianist, ChoEun Lee on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall. The program will geature two of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Violin, Sonata 7 (Op. 30, No. 2) and Sonata 10 (Op. 96). These two artists are in the midst of a collaboration to perform the entire violin sonata cycle. This is the third of four recitals in the series.
Dr. Josh Holritz Dr. ChoEun Lee
Hailed for his “particularly outstanding” playing (Chattanooga Times Free Press),
Holritz is a violinist and violist who has performed as soloist, orchestral, and chamber
musician in Europe, Asia, Africa, and in more than 20 states around the continental
Josh is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and
Opera. He has been a member of the Glens Falls Symphony, Greensboro Symphony,
and served as concertmaster for the Buffalo Community Orchestra (MN). Josh has
performed with the Vienna Radio Orchestra and New World Symphony and regularly
substitutes with the Charleston and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.
An avid chamber musician, Josh was a founding member of the Emmaus Quartet
which gave over 100 performances in the Southeast between 2004-2006. Josh
presently maintains a busy performance schedule with Schaafritz, a duo with his wife,
CSO principal flutist Kristen Holritz. Additionally, Josh performs weekly with the CSO
String Quintet in their effort to bring classical music to local schools and the greater
Dr. Holritz is an advocate for newly composed music and improvisation. His doctoral
dissertation, entitled “A Player’s Guide: Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Violin and
Piano, Op. 46”, includes a complete recording of Auerbach’s Op. 46 preludes. Josh’s
free improvisation work can be heard on Spotify under the album title Blow- Fi. In 2017
Josh performed two world premiers of chamber works by Chattanooga composers
Douglas Hedwig (Moveable Borders) and Jonathan McNair (All a-Cryin’). Josh is also
an active studio musician in Nashville, TN and has played on multiple soundtracks for
many of today’s popular film, television shows, and video games.
Dedicated to training the next generation of musicians, Josh currently serves as
Adjunct Instructor of Violin for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and
Adjunct Professor at Covenant College where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber
music. He has also served on faculty for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts
and is currently a faculty artist for the Bay View Music Festival.
Dr. Holritz Josh holds a B.M. from the University of North Carolina School of the
Arts, a M.M. from
the University of Minnesota, and a D.M.A. from the University of Georgia.
Dr. ChoEun Lee, a native of Korea is an active pianist, vocal coach and chamber musician. She has
given numerous performances in Korea, the United States, Austria, Italy, Taiwan, Australia, and
New Zealand, in major venues including Carnegie Hall in NY City, Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood Music Center and Harris Concert Hall in Aspen Music Festival. She has worked extensively in recitals and masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Stephanie Blythe, Martin Katz, Anne Sofie von Otter, Christine Schäfer, Dawn Upshaw, and Linda Watson. She was twice invited to Tanglewood Music Festival, and has been named as a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Prize. One of her performances in Seiji Ozawa Hall was broadcasted on WAMC. Since 2016, she has been invited as a repetitor to American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz. She has premiered various works and have worked with many living composers, including John Harbison, Michael Gandolfi, Jake Heggie, Thomas Pasatieri, John Plant, and Chinary Ung. In Feb 2019, she will premiere a cocommissioned vocal chamber music for soprano, saxophone, and piano by Lori Laitman in the National Opera Center in NY City.
ChoEun Lee holds a B.M. from Kyungwon University, a M.M. from the University of Cincinnati,
and a D.M.A from the University of Southern California. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the
national music honor society, and a recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Keyboard Collaborative
Arts scholarship four times. As an active clinician, she has given numerous masterclasses and
presentations at universities and associations, including at Chattanooga Music Teachers
Association (CMTA), CollabFest@USC, and the National Taipei Normal University. Previously she
has taught at California State University, San Bernardino and served as a vice-president of CAPMT Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter. ChoEun Lee is currently teaching at Lee University (Cleveland, TN) as an assistant professor in collaborative piano and vocal coaching.