Biography: Josue Gonzalez, Cellist

Cellist Josue GonzalezJosue Gonzalez started his musical studies at the age of four. After moving to Puerto Rico a year later he was able to study at the PECN (Special String Program for Children) of the Puerto Rico Conservatory. While living in San Juan, he became a member of the Puerto Rico Philharmonic for the 2001-2002 season. In 2002 he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy where he developed an avid interest in intensive chamber music study, culminating in 2005 where he was a semifinalists in the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Josue currently attends the Cleveland Institute of Music [CIM] as a student of Melissa Kraut.

He received his baccalaureate degree in 2009 and is currently acquiring a Master of Music degree in violoncello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. His summer experiences include the FOSJA festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, The Chautauqua Summer School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.

As a founding member of the Iannis String Quartet, prize winners at the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, he as enjoyed being under the tutelage of the Cavani String Quartet and Peter Salaff at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2009 he had the pleasure of working hand in hand with CIM and the Cleveland Chamber Music Society in presenting several educational outreach engagements throughout various schools in Cleveland with the Iannis Quartet.While attending CIM Josue has been able to work with numerous visiting artists including members of the Belcea, Cleveland, Colorado, Concord, Deadelous, Everest, Guarneri, Juilliard, Takacs and Tokyo quartets.

Josue has also been able to collaborate with such artists as Paul Kantor, Jeffrey Irvine, members of the Cavani String Quartet and several Cleveland Orchestra members including Isabel Trautwein, Frank Rosenwein and Ralf Curry. Recent performance engagements include appearances with the Heights Arts Chamber Music Series, The Monocacy Chamber Orchestra and The Orchestra of Saint Anne’s Church.