Josh Malavé - Cello - Violin/Viola - Guitar
- Cello - all levels
- Violin/Viola - beginning to intermediate
- Guitar - all levels and styles - classical, jazz, rock, blues
Josh started his musical journey at a very young age, on guitar. Being part of a musical family, it only made sense. Now, as an adult, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Mansfield University, a Master’s degree in composition from Northern Illinois University, and a Cello Performance Certificate from Northern Illinois University. Josh’s primary teachers have been Cheng-Hou Lee of the Avalon Quartet and Andrew Rammon of the Grammy nominated Eaken Piano Trio.
During Josh’s academic performing career he has strived to be a performer capable of communicating a wide variety of musical genres. As an undergraduate he developed performing skills as a cellist in the university symphony, opera, and chamber ensembles, as a guitarist in the university classical guitar ensemble, and as a pianist accompanying other college students in juries and recitals.
He has performed with the Northern Illinois University Chinese and Middle Eastern ensembles where he worked and studied with notable musicians such as Omar Al-musfi, Issam Rafea, and Kinan Abou-afach. Josh has also performed with the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera.
Being a composer himself, Josh is a devoted performer of new music. Most recently he has premiered and recorded Daniel Mattix’s “Rite of Passage” and will be premiering a solo cello work by Demetris Timoleontos in fall of 2017.
While a graduate student, Josh taught a course for two years, which he designed, "A history of western musical traditions".
As a teacher Josh believes in an intuitive approach to music that emphasizes listening, understanding, and improvisation as being of equal importance to technique and mastery of the fundamentals of music.
"As parents that studied music from grade school through college, we wanted to make sure our daughter received quality lessons once she started an instrument in school. We found that in Musical Expressions and Josh Malave!
Since starting Cello lessons, 2 months ago, we have noticed a big improvement in not only her bowing and sound, but in her confidence level. She doesn't shy away from playing at home, and actually has fun practicing!
She is truly enjoying her lessons and we are excited to see her continued progress!"
- Matthew & Stephanie F.