Known for her sensitive and engaging playing, violinist Julia McFarlane is equally at home as a performer and educator.Born in Kingston, Julia began her violin studies in the Suzuki method at the age of five. After being accepted, at age 14, as the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra, Julia went on to make her solo debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. While pursuing a Bachelors degree in Performance at McGill University and a Masters degree in Performance at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Julia studied with Mauricio Fuks, Yehonatan Berick, and Herbert Greenberg.
From 2000 to 2003, Julia was principal second violin of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra, and the Saskatoon Opera Orchestra. During the same time, she served as Co-Artistic Director and Co-Concertmaster of Prairie Virtuosi, Saskatchewan’s only Baroque and Classical chamber orchestra.
As a registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Suzuki Association of Ontario, Julia has been teaching Suzuki violin for 30 years and has taught with the Kingston Suzuki program, Beaurepaire Suzuki Strings (Montreal) and the Saskatoon Suzuki Strings Program. She has also taught at Institut Suzuki Montreal as a chamber music coach for the chamber music program. Currently, Julia is on faculty at Etobicoke Suzuki Music, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
She has been principal second violin of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra since 2014 as well as a member of the Glenellen String Quartet, and an active free-lance violinist throughout Toronto and southern Ontario. Julia is also the proud mother of two Suzuki violinists and the owner of two Tibetan Terriers!!