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Caitlin Tully

  • Violinist

Biography

Caitlin Tully has collaborated with conductors including Kent Nagano, Hans Graf, Pinchas Steinberg, Peter Oundjian, Bramwell Tovey, Peter Bay, Jeffrey Kahane, Daniel Hege, Murry Sidlin and Benjamin Zander. Highlights of Ms. Tully’s 2005/06 season included appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Springfield (OH) Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and at the opening concert for the Britt Festivals. In 2004/05, she played the opening season concerts for the Santa Rosa Symphony and the annual Gala concert for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as engagements with the Austin Symphony, Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Victoria Symphony of British Columbia and the Orchestre Metropolitain of Montreal, among others. Previous engagements have included the Charlotte Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Cascade Festival of Music of Oregon.

An active recitalist, Ms. Tully has played on New York’s River-to-River Festival, Ravinia’s Rising Stars series, William Jewell College’s Harriman Arts Program in Kansas City and the Montalvo Center for the Arts series in California. In 2004, she performed on a six-city U.S. recital tour and an eight-city Canadian recital tour with pianist Robert Koenig.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Tully participates regularly in the Caramoor Festival’s “Rising Stars” and “Virtuosi” programs led by Peter Oundjian. In 2004, she took part in the inaugural season of the International Young Artists Music Festival in Hilton Head, founded by Christopher O’Riley.

Ms. Tully has won numerous national and international awards including the National Arts Centre’s New Sun Millennium Award, the Yamaha Horizon Award, CBC’s Westcoast Spotlight Award, the Banff Prize and the Kingsville Director’s Prize. She is a three-time winner of the Seattle Young Artists’ Grand Prize medal and two-time winner of the British Columbia Festival of the Arts National Competition. In 2001, she was invited by Dorothy DeLay to perform in the inaugural Starling-DeLay Symposium at the Juilliard School. That same year, at the age of 13, Ms. Tully won Aspen Music Festival’s Nakamichi Violin Concerto Competition. As the youngest ever to win the competition, she performed Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with Benjamin Zander conducting the Festival’s Sinfonia Orchestra. Most recently, the Texas Cultural Trust Council awarded her with the 2005 Texas Medal of Arts Award, an award celebrating creative excellence, exemplary talents and outstanding contributions by Texas-based artists.

Ms. Tully has been heard frequently in broadcast on CBC Radio Canada including on a nationwide broadcast with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and more recently on a recital broadcast live from the National Arts Centre of Ottawa. She has been featured on television in Canada on CTV’s Good Morning Canada, Urban Rush (a Shaw TV show), City TV’s Breakfast Television, and YTV (Canada’s specialty cable channel for kids). In the United States, she has appeared on PBS Television with Shari Lewis and on a broadcast of Live From Lincoln Center, with Itzhak Perlman and members of the Perlman Music Program, and on Boston’s From the Top radio show with Christopher O’Riley. She has also been featured in print in various publications including Teen Strings, The Austin American-Statesman, Austin Family Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, and Maclean’s magazine of Canada.

Ms. Tully is a student of Mr. Perlman, with whom she began studying in the summer of 2002 at the Perlman Music Program. She started her violin studies in Vancouver at the age of four, after declaring to her parents that all she wanted for Christmas was a violin. Her former teachers include Lawrie Hill and Andrew Dawes. For three years, Ms. Tully worked extensively with Ms. DeLay and Dr. Won Bin Yim at the Aspen Music Festival, and with Mr. Zukerman at the National Arts Centre Young Artists Program. She is currently a student at Princeton University and continues to study with Mr. Perlman, as well as coaching with Jan Sloman of the Dallas Symphony when at home in Texas.