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 passionate educator, Ms. Zhulla currently serves as teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School. She also serves as chamber music faculty at Juilliard's Pre-College's division, as well as at the Perlman Music Program Summer School. Ms Zhulla has served as guest violin faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2012 and 2013, and frequently leads masterclasses in festivals nationally and abroad.
A chamber music fanatic, Ms. Zhulla has been a member of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two) of Lincoln Center, where she performed regularly with some of today’s most acclaimed artists, and she appears frequently as guest artist with The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. 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.
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 plays on a G.B. Guadagnini violin, kindly loaned to her through the Beares International Violin Society.