Joshua Abrass was Born in Berdichev in 1820. He was also known as "Pitshe."
He was considered a child prodigy, and studied with Bezalel Schulsinger in Odessa. Joshua officiated as a cantor in Tarnopol (1840-1842) and in Lvov (1842-1858), and as chief cantor in Odessa (1858-1884). He published one work, Simrat Joh (ca. 1884).