Concertmaster, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
At the age of 24, violinist Juliana Athayde was appointed Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming the youngest person to hold the position since the orchestra’s inception in 1922. She also has appeared as guest concertmaster for the Houston and Kansas City Symphonies, and Pinchas Zuckerman’s National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario.
Ms. Athayde has collaborated with artists such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Joseph Silverstein, William Preucil, Anton Nel, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The Rochester Philharmonic’s 2010 premiere of Allen Shawn’s Violin Concerto was specifically written for Ms. Athayde.
A passionate educator, Ms. Athayde is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music and a Visiting Teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Ms. Athayde made her solo debut at the age of 16 performing with the San Francisco Symphony. She performs on a 1948 Celeste Farotte violin and a J.B. Vuilliaume bow.