Joseph Kromholz

Joseph Kromholz is head of strings at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music. He previously taught violin at Luther College and taught music theory at New England Conservatory. His students have attended the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and Harvard University.
Mr. Kromholz has taught at the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus, SUNY Stony Brook’s Summer Chamber Institute, ENCORE Chamber Music Institute, Renova Music Festival, and at Kneisel Hall’s Maine Student Program. In addition to teaching violin and chamber music, Mr. Kromholz is in demand as a clinician at music festivals, workshops, and training orchestras. He regularly works with college and youth orchestras across the Midwest, and frequently serves as a conductor.

Mr. Kromholz maintains an active performing career as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, with more than 100 concerts per year. A founding member of the Linden String Quartet and a current member of the Dana String Quartet, he also serves as concertmaster of Opera Western Reserve, the Warren Philharmonic, and as Associate Concertmaster of the Youngstown Symphony and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra.

Hailing from New York and Reston, Virginia, Joseph Kromholz studied violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and economics at Case Western Reserve University, followed by doctoral studies at New England Conservatory. His mentors include Paul Kantor, Miriam Fried, Violaine Melançon, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Salaff, and Itzhak Perlman, as well as members of the Cavani, Cleveland, and Juilliard Quartets.

After his music and economics studies, Mr. Kromholz served as the Artistic Coordinator for the Ravinia Festival in Illinois, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Talea Ensemble in New York, and worked for a US Senate campaign. He is currently a trustee of the Ohio Viola Society and ENCORE Chamber Music.