Joseph Bates is a violin student of Emanuel Borok at Southern Methodist University. He is a three-time winner of the Tulsa Young Chamber Musicians Competition, and has played in masterclasses with the Adaskin-Schumann Ensemble, the Tesla String Quartet and the Danish String Quartet. Joseph has served as principle second and concertmaster of the Oklahoma Arts Institute. In 2016 Joseph was chosen by Carnegie Hall to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, which performed in Carnegie Hall and across Europe under the batons of Maestros Christoph Eschenbach and Valery Gergiev and with soloists Emanuel Ax and Denis Matsuev.
Coming from a family of teachers, Joseph is passionate about education. He has seen firsthand the profound impact of music and education on not only his life, but on the lives of his students and peers. He believes that good musical training is a core part of every child’s education and should be accessible to all students.
Joseph has experience teaching both violin and music theory, as well as performing at weddings and other events.