JULIANA ATHAYDE, VIOLIN
Appointed concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra 2005 at age 24, Juliana Athayde
became the youngest person to hold the position since the orchestra’s inception in 1922.
She has also performed as guest concertmaster with the Houston, Kansas City, and Santa Barbara Symphonies as well as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario.
Her numerous solo appearances with the RPO have covered a wide range of composers from Mozart and Brahms to Barber and Prokofiev as well as the 2010 premiere of Allen Shawn’s Violin Concerto
, commissioned by the RPO and specifically written for Ms. Athayde.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Athayde made her solo debut at the age of 16 performing with the San Francisco Symphony. Associate Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music, Athayde is also a Visiting Teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her degrees from the University of Michigan with Paul Kantor (B.M.) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil (M.M. and A.D.), becoming the first graduate of CIM’s Concertmaster Academy. During the summer, Athayde performs alongside husband Erik Behr, RPO principal oboe, at San Diego's Mainly Mozart Festival, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho, and the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival. Ms. Athayde performs on a 1948 Celeste Farotte violin and a J.B. Vuilliaume bow.