From the treble viol to the “violedegamboes of extraordinarie greatnesse”, Josh Cheatham performs the challenging seventeenth and eighteenth century repertoire shared by both melody and bass instruments. Whether in the viol consort literature, the virtuoso works for solo viola da gamba of Marais, Forqueray and Bach, or orchestral double bass playing, he has become a welcome new member of the chamber music and orchestral scene in Europe.
Josh Cheatham studied viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken and Anneke Pols, violone with Maggie Urquhart in Holland, in addition to Masterclasses with Jordi Savall in Italy and double bass studies with Edgar Meyer at Vanderbilt University. He was awarded a Masters Diploma from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 2003.
Recent projects include concert performances in Paris, Versailles, Tours, the Bach Festival in Lausanne, La Folle Journee in Nantes, Bilbao and Lisbon with Capriccio Stravagante, Montreal Baroque with Masques and concerts in Holland with the Netherlands Bach Society. He has recorded with the Capriccio Stravagante Orchestra and Chanticleer for Teldec.