Training Ensemble Teaching Artist (Violin)
Originally from New Jersey, Julia Castellanos is an active freelance violinist and teacher based in Spain. She is a recent graduate of el Centro Superior de Música del Pais Vasco (MUSIKENE) in San Sebastián, Spain, where she earned a master’s degree in orchestral studies and an apprenticeship with both the Symphonic Orchestra of Bilbao and the National Orchestra of the Basque County. She is a certified Suzuki Method Instructor, having trained in books 1 through 3 with the British Suzuki Institute in the United Kingdom.
An avid lover of orchestral playing and the orchestral repertoire, Castellanos has enjoyed the opportunity to play in orchestras all over the United States, including the National Repertory Orchestra (Colorado), the Round Top Festival Orchestra (Texas), the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra (Wyoming), the Fort Collins Symphony (Colorado), the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (New York) and many others in and around New York City, including a performance at the UN General Assembly with the Refugee Orchestra Project of New York. Most recently, she was accepted into the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme Orchestra at Snape Maltings in Suffolk.
Above all, Castellanos loves continuing to take lessons and learn about her craft. Since earning a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 and a Master of Music from the Colorado State University in 2016, she has had the opportunity to study with highly sought after teachers and mentors. Her primary teachers include Keng Yuen Tseng (Peabody Institute), Pamela Hentges (National Symphony Orchestra), Michael Davis (Louisville Symphony), and Mary Ann Mumm (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), among others.