Suzuki Teacher Certification
B.M. in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music
M.M. in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music
D.M.A. in Violin Performance, Rutgers University
New York City-based violinist Julie Lawrence has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Lawrence is passionate about bringing music into non-traditional concert spaces such as psychiatric hospitals, libraries, and neighborhood centers to interact with community members around the shared experience and joy of music. She has appeared as soloist with the Ashland Symphony alongside renowned violinist Aaron Berofsky, with the Hudson Symphony, and has given solo and chamber music recitals in Steinway Hall, InterChurch Center, Columbia University, United Nations Chapel, Spanish Cultural Institute of New York, Fort Lee Library Series, Union Theological Seminary, Ashland University, The University of Akron, Rutgers University, Manhattan School of Music, and Battery Park City’s “Strings on Hudson” series. As an orchestral musician, Julie Lawrence has performed in New York’s most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Symphony Space and with orchestras like the Chappaqua Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Chelsea Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, Bellayre Opera, and Dell’Arte Opera. She has been a fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra, guest artist and concertmaster for the Calvin College String Summit, and concertmaster of the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra. Julie is a member of Leadlights, a collective of string players who are passionate about sharing both contemporary and classical music with diverse communities through interactive performances and workshops. Committed to promoting the works of living composers, Julie commissioned and premiered the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Kyle Werner and a piano trio entitled Zaire at Steinway Hall in New York City by Nick Marsella in 2016, and commissioned a string quartet by the latter as well. Her playing can be heard on Juan Pablo Contreras’ album Silencio en Juárez (Albany Records) and David Chesky’s Joy and Sorrow (Chesky Records). Her interest in early music has led Ms. Lawrence to collaborate with singers to program works like “Semelé” by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, as well as instrumental works by Albinoni, Telemann, and Vivaldi on period instruments. Her performances as a guest artist with Mango Baroque have been presented at Columbia University and Rutgers University, and her article “An In-Depth Look at the Vibrato Practices of the 17th and 18th Centuries According to Primary Sources” was published in the ASTA Journal. She recently completed her dissertation thesis on “The International Style of Georg Muffat.” A dedicated educator, Julie Lawrence is on faculty at The Geneva Conservatory of Music in Manhattan, where she was the director for six years. She has been violin faculty for the Rutgers University Extension Division and Harmony Program, working with at-risk youth, and cultivates a private violin studio in Washington Heights. Ms. Lawrence earned a B.M. and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music studying with Laurie Smukler and Isaac Malkin, and a Doctor of Musical Arts at Rutgers University, working with Carmit Zori. Other teachers and mentors include Amy Barlowe, Alan Bodman, Martha Caplin, the American String Quartet, and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson Quartet. Ms. Lawrence plays a violin crafted in 2014 by Boston violin maker Benjamin Ruth.