The Evanston Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 69th season with a new concertmaster, Julie Fischer. Ms. Fischer grew up in Skokie and earned her undergraduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with distinction in 2005. She studied for six years with Donald Weilerstein, who for two decades was first violinist of the famed Cleveland Quartet.
She currently is on the teaching faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and coaches the chamber music program at Midwest Young Artists. In addition, she maintains her own teaching studio. She won the Rembrandt Players Competition in 1997 and is a three-time winner of the prestigious Fischoff Competition. She was concertmaster of the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in in 2004.
“I am excited and honored to be named concertmaster of the Evanston Symphony,” she said. She noted that she appeared with the ESO in 1998 as a winner of the Young Artists’ Competition, playing the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. “I never imagined when I soloed with the orchestra as a teenager then that I would be leading it 16 years later.”