Praised by the critics for her “rare emotional sensitivity and internal articulation”, Greek violinist Areta Zhulla is quickly establishing herself as a passionate and dynamic artist. She has been recently named “Young Artist of the Year” by the National Critics Association of Music and Drama in Greece, and is a recipient of the Triandi Career Grant as well as the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award.
Ms. Zhulla has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia, at many renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Arts Centre of Canada. She has been featured on Auditorium du Louvre’s Rising Stars Series, and she made her Megaron Hall debut in Athens in 2010, performing under the baton of legendary French conductor Michel Plasson and the Athens State Symphony Orchestra. Other recent engagements include solo performances with the Camerata Orchestra of Greece, the Boca Raton Symphonia, Westchester Philharmonic, and the State Symphony of Thessalonica.
A chamber music fanatic, Ms. Zhulla is a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, where she performs regularly with some of today’s most acclaimed artists. She also appears frequently as guest artist with The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, among others. Ms. Zhulla was a member of the LK String Quartet, which was praised by The Washington Post for its “warm tone, elegant finish, a vivid engagement with the scores’ drama and ensemble that was tight as a drum.”
Memorable collaborations include performances with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, as well as collaborations with Pinchas Zukerman, Orli Shaham, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Ida Kavafian, and the Cavani String Quartet. Ms. Zhulla has appeared in such music festivals as Music@Menlo, The Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall, and Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program in Canada, and has studied for seven summers at the Perlman Music Program Summer School.
A reoccurring guest faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 2012, Ms. Zhulla enjoys teaching privately, as well as coaching chamber groups, in festivals and masterclasses nationally and abroad. In the upcoming ’14-’15 season, Ms. Zhulla will represent the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast in two Teaching Residencies in Sarasota, Florida, and will give several public Masterclasses in Greece throughout the season.
Ms. Zhulla holds a 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 Vergotis Scholarship. Other teachers include Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec and Lefter Zhulla.
Ms. Zhulla performs on a 1752 Tommaso Balestrieri violin, on a generous loan by Howard L. Gottlieb.