Review Quotes

"Joshua Gordon played splendidly." Bernard Holland, The New York Times

"Gordon is a superbly equipped cellist with a big sound and musical personality forged through years of study at Juilliard and Tanglewood and more than 20 years of the freelance life in New York. His intonation is superb, and he knows how to pick up a melody and set it free to soar... Gordon adds an element of drama and risk to the mix." Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe  

"The playing is splendid, authoritative, expressive, and involved." Edith Eisler, Strings Magazine

"Joshua Gordon was unfazed by the considerable coloristic and technical demands of the cello part" Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

"Joshua Gordon, the newest member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society, performed in all six compositions on the program, and was soloist in two of them. He is a great asset to the Society, evident in this tour de force performance which displayed his amazing musical abilities."  Joyce Tamer, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 


The cellist Joshua Gordon has won acclaim from audiences, critics, colleagues, and composers for his dramatic music making and rich tone. An experienced soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator who joined the Lydian String Quartet and the music faculty of Brandeis University in 2002, he is also an artist member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society and resident cellist at the annual Composers Conference led by Mario Davidovsky. He is equally at home whether performing on stage in famous concert halls around the world, in an Australian limestone arch cave, or with dancers on a Boston housing project basketball court. He has been a guest of many ensembles and festivals including the Apple Hill, Cassatt, DaPonte, Juilliard, and Ying Quartets, Boston Baroque, Boston Chamber Music Society, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Emmanuel Music, Fromm Players at Harvard University, North Country Chamber Players, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Portland Chamber Music Festival, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and Speculum Musicae. 

Joshua Gordon's duo with pianist Randall Hodgkinson has been described as "insightful and impassioned" by The New Yorker, and their New World recording Leo Ornstein: Complete Works For Cello and Piano was named one of the top 10 classical recordings of 2007 by the All Music Guide. As a Lydian, Gordon can be heard can be heard on critically acclaimed recordings of quartets by Martin Boykan, Mohammed Fairouz, John Harbison, Vincent Persichetti, Kurt Rohde, and Beethoven in a set of his late quartets. He is also featured playing music ranging from Roger Sessions and Charles Wuorinen to Morton Feldman and Gerry Hemingway on recordings from Albany Records, CRI, Cala, Koch International Classics, Naxos, and Tzadik. His web site can be found at


Joshua Gordon | photo by Mike Lovett

Randall Hodgkinson and Joshua Gordon | photo by Susan Wilson