Julia Glenn, 23, is quickly establishing herself as one of her generation’s most captivating artists. Hailed as a gifted violinist who plays with “wonderful panache and accuracy” and “energy and a gorgeous tone,” her playing has been described as “fully focused and betraying not one whit of insecurity.” She has performed extensively as a soloist throughout the US and China, and as a chamber and orchestral musician throughout the US, Asia, and Europe.
Recent highlights include a performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in Sanders Theatre with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and Federico Cortese, solo engagements at the Beijing Recital Hall and the Shanghai Opera House, a debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as winner of the Cosmo Buono International String Competition, and a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma in celebration of the opening of the Silk Road Ensemble’s office at Harvard. Last season, as winner of the Harvard-NEC competition, she played Stravinsky’s Concerto in D with Hugh Wolff and the NEC Philharmonia in Sanders. Other past awards include first prize in the competitions of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Wellesley Symphony, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and New England String Ensemble, as well as top prizes in the Fischoff National Competition and competitions of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New England Philharmonic. Upcoming engagements include concerto appearances with the Civic and North Bay symphonies, as well as concerts in China, Canada, and Austria.
In previous summers she has participated in festivals including Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, Sarasota Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Festival, and ENCORE School for Strings. Her teachers and coaches there have included Ronald Copes, Pam Frank, Laurie Smukler, Lucy Chapman, David Updegraff, Robert Levin, Joel Krosnick, and Robert Vernon. At Harvard she received her bachelor’s in linguistics magna cum laude with a citation in Mandarin Chinese and a secondary field in music. She was named both a 2012 Booth Fellow and a 2012 Artist Development Fellow. Julia is a student of James Buswell at the New England Conservatory; as part of the prestigious five year Harvard-NEC dual degree program, she will receive her M.M. from NEC in May of 2013. She was recently named the 2012 Artist-in-Residence of Pforzheimer House at Harvard. Ms. Glenn plays a Vuillaume on generous loan to her from Ms. Rhonda Rider.