Josef is a Hungarian born violinist, violist and conductor. He studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest with György Garay, Zoltán Kodály, György Ligeti, and in London with Max Rostal. He received scholarships to attend Master Classes with Joseph Szigeti in Switzerland and Maxim Jacobsen in Portugal. He is married to Julie Webber, an Australian concert pianist.
He has held senior teaching posts at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Birmingham School of Music in the UK, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Darling Downs Institute (University of Southern Queensland), the Adelaide College of Arts in Australia and University of Sabah Malaysia. He is also a senior examiner for the Australian GUILD Music & Speech Examination Board