Julia Wedman: Violin


Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, violinist Julia Wedman joined Tafelmusik in 2005 and quickly developed a reputation for her solo performances. She is regularly showcased on the orchestra’s home series and on tours throughout Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, Puerto Rico, Europe, China and Korea. The Globe and Mail describes her playing as “extraordinarily intuitive,” “highly communicative,” and, her personal favourite, “zesty”! As a student, she developed a passion for period performance, inspired by her work at Indiana University with baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, as well as studies at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto.

Julia is a member of the innovative young baroque ensemble I FURIOSI. In addition to their successful Toronto concert series, IF has performed at music festivals in Canada, the U.S.A, Germany, England and Ireland. In September of 2008 the group released their first commercial CD, Crazy (Dorian Sonoluminus). She is also one quarter of the Eybler Quartet, a period instrument group who specialize in excellent and underrated Classical works. Their debut CD of string quartets by Joseph Leopold Edler von Eybler is available on Analekta, as is their latest recording of Mozart and Backofen clarinet quintets with Jane Booth.

Julia is also becoming known for her imaginative programming. Her interactive education concert A Water Music Adventure was featured on Tafelmusik’s 2008 education series and Ontario tour, as well as the Carnegie Kids series at Carnegie Hall (New York) in 2009. She was the creative force behind both a main series and an education concert for Tafelmusik celebrating Earth Day 2010, called Forces of Nature. Over the past few years, Julia has become increasingly sought after as a teacher, and in 2011 was invited for short-term residencies at Fredonia University (New York), the Guildhall School for Music and Drama (London, England), the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) and the University of Western Ontario (London).

Julia's debut solo recording of Biber's Mystery Sonatas (Sonoluminus) was released in the spring of 2011 and has received rave reviews. The CD was featured in the July 2011 issue of Gramophone magazine, saying “Rather exceptionally, one suspects, Wedman has approached Biber's music as a true pilgrim, interpreting key moments in the life of Christ thoughtfully, vividly and with evident personal humility and warmth. Her performances exude humanity and have about them a radiance that somehow transcends the sound of her lovely 1694 instrument.”