Julie Castor

New York City-based violinist Julie Castor has performed in Germany, Switzerland, France, and throughout the United States. She 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, United Nations Chapel, Spanish Cultural Institute of New York, Fort Lee Library Series, Union Theological Seminary, Ashland University, The University of Akron, and Manhattan School of Music. As an orchestral musician, she has performed in New York’s most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Symphony Space 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 orchestral apprentice and concertmaster at the MasterWorks Festival. In 2011, she was invited to Nice, France for a two-week residency with Phillipe Entremont and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia . Castor recently shared the stage with Broadway performers in a concert version of Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” and can be seen in the new Amazon TV series Mozart in the Jungle.

A dedicated educator, Castor is the Director of The Geneva Conservatory of Music in Manhattan, where she also maintains a violin studio. She has also been an Instructional Coach for the Harmony Program, supervising string teachers and working with underserved youth in New York City. She is a founding teacher of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and American String Teachers Association. She received her Suzuki Teacher Certification from the School for Strings.

Castor has worked with members of the Emerson, Orion, and American String Quartets and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has performed in masterclasses for David Kim, Robert Mann, and Andres Cardenes. She received her B.M. and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Laurie Smukler and Isaac Malkin. She will begin her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rutgers University in the Fall 2015. Julie plays a violin crafted in 2014 by Boston violin maker Benjamin Ruth.  

  • Associated Programs

    Founding Teacher, The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program

    American String Teachers Association

    Suzuki Association of the Americas

  • Education

    Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance Candidate, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, anticipated 2019 (studied with Carmit Zori)

    Master of Music in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 2012,(studied with Laurie Smukler)

    Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 2010 (studied with Isaac Malkin)

    Suzuki Teacher Certification, School for Strings, 2014, (studied with Allen Lieb and Katherine Gerson)


    Starling-DeLay Symposium in Violin Pedagogy, The Juilliard School, 2015 

  • Subjects Taught

    Violin and Suzuki Violin 

    Preferred Age student I prefer to work with: 

    Kindergarten  to second grade, third to fifth grades, sixth to eighth grades, high school, college, adults

    I prefer working with students of the following skill level:

    Beginner (1-2 years of consistent study), Intermediate (3-4 years of consistent study), Advanced (5+ years of consistent study), Professional

  • Awards

    Raphael Bronstein Award for Excellence in Performance and Pedagogy at Manhattan School of Music, 2012 

    Fellow, National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado), 2010

    Suzuki Association of the Americas Scholarship for Long-Term Teacher Training, 2012-13 

    Orchestra Residency, Manhattan School of Music Sinfonia & Academie de Nice (Nice, France), 2011

    Prizewinner, Tuesday Musical Assocation Scholarship Competition, 2007

  • Expertise

    Violin Faculty, Mason Gross Extension Division

    Director, Violin Faculty, The Geneva Conservatory of Music, (New York City), since 2011

    Instructional Coach, The Harmony Program, (New York City)

    Chamber Music Faculty, Angelos Mission Ensemble, (Englewood, NJ)

    Private Violin Instructor, since 2005