is a British conductor, composer, and scholar. Currently studying for a DPhil at Christ Church, Oxford, generously supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, his research applies computational methods to analysis of harmony in the music of Anton Webern. Joshua directs the ensemble Mad Song and has worked with orchestras around the UK, with his music being performed internationally and broadcasted on BBC Radio 3.
Joshua completed his undergraduate degree and one-year MPhil (Master's of Philosophy) at Cambridge. Students in the UK education system, unlike in the US, study only their major discipline for the entirety of their undergraduate degree, so Joshua graduated with a degree in music. "I spent three years doing music and then did MPhil, … with [which] you typically start and then convert into a doctorate," the musician explains.
Being raised in a musical environment with his parents both enthusiastic about music, Ballance began playing cello and piano at the age of six, and started taking composition lessons at 14. While he also had a passion for conducting, it became more plausible to explore when he turned 16.