Josh Mountford is an English cellist studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under tuition by Hannah Roberts. Starting the Cello at the age of 4, Josh later joined the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire tutored by Elaine Ackers, before moving on to Chetham’s School Of Music, Manchester, where he studied under Head of Strings, Nicholas Jones.
Josh has had many masterclasses with illustrious Cellists from around the world such as Steve Doane, Bruno Delepelaire, Robert Cohen, Sung-Won Yang and Milkós Perényi.
Performing in many prestigious venues across the UK, such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican, Liverpool Philharmonic and Sage Gateshead. As well as Konzerthaus in Berlin.
Josh has won many awards, most notably the Guilhermina development award and the James Langley Memorial Trust.
Josh was the Principal Cellist of the CBSO Youth Orchestra in 2018/19, having first joined the Orchestra at the age of 13. The orchestral environment has always been a big focus in Josh’s life from an early age, being part of the National Children’s Orchestra of GB, CBSO Youth Academy as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
As well as orchestral work, Josh is actively involved with many chamber ensembles. Currently a member of the Riedl Quartet, Josh regularly performs with the Capriccio Quartet and Kings String Quartet. Josh has a vast amount of experience performing at Weddings and events in these quartet groups but also as a Solo Cellist.
Josh is a band member of Forever Elton, who made their first outing in March 2019. He is the Strings Director of the band, featuring not only as a solo Cellist but also alongside other string players to form a larger ensemble.
In February 2019, Josh featured in a collaborative project: ‘MARS VR Experience’. He performed alongside Dennis Tjiok, composer and organist, in the debut of this project. A trailer of MARS VR can be seen on the Listen page.
Josh was a member of the Michael Haydn Orchestra of Manchester for the 19/20 season and performed Handel’s Oratorio, Solomon, in the months of November and December of 2019.
Josh can be heard playing the cello in the feature film soundtracks to; Journey to Le Man (Patrick Stewart), Vendetta (Danny Dyer) and Breakdown (Craig Fairbrass). He also features on the soundtrack to the 2019 film Stalked, directed by Justin Edgar.
He currently has commissioned a Luthier Robin Aitchison Montagnana replica Cello and is grateful for the multiple awards he has received towards this.