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 a performance of Monteverdi madrigals at New England Conservatory’s First Mondays at Jordan Hall, the world premier in Jordan Hall of Dana Kaufman’s Scratch the Surface (a work which Julia commissioned), a lecture-recital of Dutch Baroque music at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and a solo performance at the Hartford Women Composers Festival. In Boston, she has performed with Emmanuel Music, Music at Marsh Chapel, and Canto Armonico. Julia also enjoys exploring and creating music that blurs the lines between classical, jazz, folk traditions, and free improvisation. She was a member of the Music Alliance Project, a genre-defying ensemble led by pianist and composer Chase Morrin which brought together a string quartet and a jazz trio for a recording project as part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. She also collaborates regularly with pianist and composer, David Leach, creating music which navigates the intersections between Western classical music and improvised musical traditions.
Julia has participated in summer festivals and masterclasses across the US and Europe. She has received full-tuition fellowships to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival and Spoleto Festival USA (where she played in the American Premier of Vivaldi’s 1720 opera Il Farnace under the baton of conductor David Bates). 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. This summer, she will attend the Oregon Bach Festival’s Berwick Academy (Eugene, OR) and the NEXT Festival of Emerging Artists (Lakeville, CT). In September, she will be an artist-in-residence at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon.
Julia holds a Master’s degree 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.