Julia Connor maintains an active solo, orchestral, and chamber music career as a violinist. She made her solo orchestral debut at the age of eighteen with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the Jackie McGehee Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. She has also performed in solo recitals throughout Europe and the US. During the summer she has attended festivals across North America and Europe, including the Litomysl International String Masterclass (Litomysl, Czech Republic), Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (Toronto, ON Canada), and the Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME), where she was awarded a full tuition fellowship. She has served as concertmaster of the prestigious New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and has also served as concertmaster and concerto soloist with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra.
Julia is also a dedicated music educator. She regularly leads workshops and sectionals for students in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In 2015, she was awarded a teaching fellowship from the New England Conservatory’s Community Performance and Partnerships Program (CPP). With this fellowship, she worked with orchestra students at Bridge Boston Charter School in Dorchester, MA. In 2016 as a member of the Amici String Quartet, she was awarded a Community Engagement Fellowship, with which she visited schools and orchestra programs throughout the greater Boston area presenting an interactive string quartet program and doing masterclasses, workshops, and Q&A’s with elementary and middle school orchestra students. Julia also maintains a private violin studio in Roslindale, MA.
Julia is also passionate about historical performance. She has served as concertmaster and soloist with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra as well as assistant concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute Orchestra. She has also performed in master classes with, among others, Marc Destrubé, Jeane Lamon, Julia Wedman and Christopher Varette.
Julia holds a Master’s degree with honors from the New England Conservatory where she was a student of Paul Biss. She is also a graduate of the Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she earned dual degrees with high honors in violin performance and Hispanic Studies with a minor in Baroque violin performance. Her primary teachers were Milan Vitek and Marilyn McDonald.