Joel Pargman, Violin
JOEL PARGMAN, violin, is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, and the Pasadena Symphony. As a member of the Denali Quartet, Pargman spent eight years as artist-in-residence for Santa Monica’s acclaimed “Jacaranda” concert series. He has premiered new works by composers Andrew Norman, Donald Crockett, and Ben Johnston, among others.
Mr. Pargman spent three summers as a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, the last as a member of its resident new music quartet, the New Fromm Players, collaborating in performances with the Mark Morris Dance Company, Bright Sheng, John Harbison, and the many talented Composition Fellows in residence.
Mr. Pargman’s playing has been heard on international broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s World Café, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and several Grammy Awards Shows, and he has recorded on recent albums of such diverse artists as Ben Harper, Andrea Bocelli, Jamie Foxx, Joe Cocker, Travis Tritt, Fall Out Boy, Kenny Loggins, Tim McGraw, and Barbra Streisand, in addition to performing on the soundtracks of hundreds of feature films.
He graduated summa cum laude from USC’s Flora Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Robert Lipsett. He previously studied at the Seattle Conservatory with Margaret Pressley.