Praised by the critics for her “rare emotional sensitivity and internal articulation”, Greek violinist Areta Zhulla has gained recognition as a passionate and poetic artist. She has been recently named “Young Artist of the Year” by the National Critics Association in Greece, and is a recipient of the prestigious Triandi Career Grant as well as the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award.
Ms. Zhulla has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Arts Centre of Canada. Ms. Zhulla has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, where she performed and toured regularly with some of today’s most acclaimed artists. Memorable collaborations include performances with Itzhak Perlman at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, as well as collaborations with legendary conductor Michel Plasson, Pinchas Zukerman, Gary Hoffman, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, and members of the Cleveland, Emerson, and Cavani String Quartets.
A sought-after leader, this season Ms. Zhulla leads the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, and appears as guest concertmaster with American Ballet Theatre orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her performances have been broadcast on PBS "Live from Lincoln Center", The Kennedy Center Honors, and on WQXR, among other radio stations throughout the nation.
A passionate educator, Ms Zhulla serves as the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman in The Juilliard School's College and Pre-College divisions. She is also chamber music faculty at Juilliard's Pre-College division, as well as at the Perlman Music Program, of which she is an alumna. Ms. Zhulla is the artistic director of the Perlman-Genesis Violin Project, a series of workshops at the Israel Conservatory in Tel Aviv. Ms Zhulla has served as guest violin faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and frequently leads masterclasses nationally and abroad.
Ms. Zhulla holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and was a recipient of the George and Marie Vergottis Scholarship. Other teachers include Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec and her father, Lefter Zhulla.
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