A passionate solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, violinist Julia Connor enjoys a versatile career performing everything from baroque music on period instruments to new works by living composers. Recent highlights include appearances at New England Conservatory’s First Mondays at Jordan Hall, the Women Composers Festival of Hartford performing Dana Kaufman’s Scratch the Surface (a work which she commissioned), and Spoleto Festival USA, where she played in the American Premier of Vivaldi’s 1720 opera Il Farnace under the baton of Maestro David Bates. She was also a member of The Music Alliance Project, a genre-defying ensemble led by pianist and composer Chase Morrin which sought to bridge the gap between jazz and classical musicians.
Julia has participated in summer festivals and masterclasses across the US and Europe. She has received full-tuition fellowships at the Spoleto Festival USA and the Bowdoin International Music Festival. As a baroque violinist, she has attended the Tafelmusik International Baroque Institute (Toronto, ON), Baroque Performance Institute (Oberlin, OH), and the American Bach Soloists Academy (San Francisco, CA). She has appeared in masterclass with, among others, Rachel Podger, Marc Destrubé, Jeane Lamon, Julia Wedman and Christopher Varette.
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 leading masterclasses, workshops, and Q&A’s with elementary and middle school orchestra students.
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 and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Lambda musical honors society. Her primary teachers were Milan Vitek and Marilyn McDonald.