As a competitor Josh has received first-place prizes in multiple guitar competitions, including the Pacific Guitar Festival, ASTA Aaron Green Guitar Competition, and the Young Artists Concerto Competition, which included a solo performance with the Buffalo State Philharmonia. In addition, Josh has received second-place finishes for the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition, the Southern Guitar Competition, and Hamilton International Guitar Competition, among others.
Josh holds a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Sergio Assad, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California (USC) under Scott Tennant, and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Buffalo State College under Evan Drummond. He is currently attending USC for his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. Josh has played in lessons and masterclasses with some of the world’s most prominent guitarists and pedagogues, including Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco Roland Dyens, Paul O’Dette, Marcin Dylla, Alvaro Pierri, Tilman Hoppstock, Zoran Dukic, Adam Holzman and many others.