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Boston native Julia Glenn has been hailed as “remarkable,” “gripping,” and “a brilliant soloist” by the New York Times and performs internationally on modern and baroque violins. She has appeared on stages including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Sanders Theatre, Jordan Hall, the Beijing Recital Hall, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and Shanghai Concert Hall and has collaborated with groups including New York New Music Ensemble, ACRONYM, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Boston Artists Ensemble, A Far Cry, and members of the Shanghai, Muir, Ysaÿe, and Juilliard quartets. She recently joined the Naumburg-winning Lydian String Quartet and the faculty of Brandeis University after teaching for three years at the Tianjin Juilliard School and touring with the Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble.

In January of 2016 Julia gave the world premiere of Milton Babbitt’s violin concerto to critical acclaim; her article on the work was published in 2022 in Contemporary Music Review. With a deep interest in exploring and sharing the music and culture of China, she draws on her backgrounds in phonology and Chinese language to open fresh avenues in perception and performance. Her recently recorded solo album “The Road” featuring new and recent works by Chinese-speaking composers will be released this year by Parma Recordings. 

Julia studied with Joseph Lin and Cynthia Roberts at Juilliard, where she received her DMA in 2018. In 2013 she obtained her master’s from New England Conservatory with James Buswell, and in 2012 her bachelor’s in linguistics magna cum laude from Harvard University. She plays a 2018 Benjamin Ruth as her modern violin and a (baroque-d) 2008 Andrew Ryan as her baroque violin.

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