Violinist Julia Birnbaum is a dedicated orchestral and chamber musician who performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Ms. Birnbaum, who started playing the violin at age 5 in her home state of Maryland, received a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University under the tutelage of the 40-year Chicago Symphony veteran Blair Milton. Upon graduation, she won and completed a two-year fellowship with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also completed the certificate program at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore under the String Department Chair Rebecca Henry.
Ms. Birnbaum is honored to play with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and has performed with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Marin Symphony, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Arts Orchestra, Renovo String Orchestra, Chicago Folks Operetta, Sacramento Philharmonic, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Chamber Opera, Opera Cultura, Orchestra Gloria, and Symphonia Caritas among many others. Ms. Birnbaum served as concertmaster under the late-Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival in 2011 and also attended the Aspen Music Festival, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz (Austria), CIM’s Encore School for Strings, and Indiana University String Academy.