Joshua Walden

Resident Scholar

Joshua S. Walden is a historian of music in Jewish culture. He is the author of Sounding Authentic: The Rural Miniature and Musical Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2014) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His articles address topics including the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music, Ernest Bloch’s Baal Shem Suite, music in early twentieth-century Yiddish cinema and theater, and the violin performances of Jascha Heifetz and Yehudi Menuhin. His writing on music in Jewish culture has received awards from ASCAP and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and his research has been supported by the American Musicological Society, the Department of Education, the British Academy, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He is also the author of Musical Portraits: The Composition of Identity in Contemporary and Experimental Music (Oxford University Press, 2017) and editor of Representation in Western Music (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He received his BA at the University of California, Berkeley, and PhD at Columbia University, and has taught at the University of Oxford and Johns Hopkins University. He is a classical violinist.