British violinist Joel Munday has won top prizes at many international violin competitions, including first prize at the Royal College of Music Concerto Competition (2017), first prize at the Two Moors Festival (2016), third prize at Whitgift International Music Competition (2017) and the String Prize at the Gregynog Young Musician Competition (2018).
Joel has performed internationally as soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra, including in the UK, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, the Philippines, India, Canada and the USA. In 2017, he made his concerto debut playing Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Royal College of Music Junior Department Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jacques Cohen. He was made Festival Artist for the Two Moors Festival the same year. He has appeared as soloist with numerous UK-based orchestras and performs regularly with his recital partner Lucas Krupinski.
Participating in international festivals and mastercourses including Keshet Eilon Mastercourse, Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Virtuosi Mastercourse and the inaugural Friend's International Violin Academy, Joel has been mentored by Vadim Gluzman, Chaim Taub, Yuzuko Horigome, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Rodney Friend, Sergey Ostrovsky, Dong-Suk Kang, David Chan, Ilya Kaler and Joel Smirnoff.
He has received multiple awards and scholarships from various British institutions, including the Royal College of Music, Awards for Young Musicians and the Joanna Leach Foundation.
Joel was born in Wiltshire, England, in 1999. Following eight years of study with Professor Michael Johnson, he commenced studies with Professor Ani Schnarch in 2016. He is currently in his third year of undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, where he holds a scholarship to study with Professor Schnarch.
Joel plays a violin made in 1832 by Bernard Simon Fendt, Jr. on private loan.