Joshua Brown


Joshua Brown (1989) is an award-winning composer from the North West of England.

Joshua completed his PhD in Composition with Professor Philip Grange at the University of Manchester in 2018. His music often explores the combination of mathematical concepts and freedom for the musicians. This dichotomy of precision processes while composing, alongside elements of chance in performances, embraces the unique qualities individual musicians bring to a piece of music, so that each composition feels like a premiere every time it is played.


Joshua Brown's music is performed widely in the UK and internationally by leading ensembles and soloists. Collaborations have included working with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Jackie Shave and Red Note Ensemble, Psappha, Charlotte Trepess, Pellingman's Sarabande with John Potter, Martynas Levickis, Etherow Reeds, Vytautas Oskinis, Cuarteto Cromano, Pietro Roffi, Manchester Chamber Choir, and the Acceso Quartet.

As well of composing, Joshua Brown is a sought-after educator. He is a Composition Tutor at the Junior RNCM, a lead tutor for the innovative RNCM Pathfinder scheme, and in 2020 was a guest lecturer for the Artist Development module at the RNCM. Since 2015 he has taught composition at the University of Manchester, and since 2021 has held the post of Lecturer in Composition. Joshua also frequently leads education workshops for leading orchestras, such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's In Harmony Scheme, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Junior Artists Scheme.

From 2019 to 2020 Joshua Brown was an LPO Young Composer with composition mentor Sir James MacMillan, composing for the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Also from 2019 to 2020 Joshua was Artist in Residence at the John Rylands Research Institute in Manchester, composing music inspired by the work of Alan Turing.

"A work full of passion and liberty, yet perfectly structured" Martynas Levickis