Violinist Corinne Stillwell has enjoyed an active career as a solo performer, chamber collaborator, orchestral leader, pedagogue, and arts advocate. She entered The Juilliard School at age ten, subsequently spending 15 years with Dorothy DeLay. After early successes winning numerous competitions, she has been featured more than 50 times as soloist with orchestras including the New Jersey Symphony, Nanjing Philharmonic in China, Amarillo Symphony, Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, and on tour to Romania, Hungary, and Poland. She has given recitals in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and in Germany, Canada, and across the U.S.
A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Stillwell has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and has collaborated with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, violinist Mikhail Kopelman, and members of the Ying, Cavani, and Pro Arte quartets. She has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Rochester, Amarillo Chamber Music Society, and the American Festival of Microtonal Music. Other festival appearances include Saarburg (Germany), Aspen, Norfolk, and Skaneateles. As a member of the Harrington String Quartet, she toured extensively across the Midwest, filmed a PBS documentary, gave TV and radio broadcasts, and collaborated with clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist Robert Levin, and guitarist Pepé Romero. Her mentors have included members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Amadeus, Tokyo, and Vermeer quartets, and she has recorded chamber music for Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Navona, and MSR Classics.
Ms. Stillwell was appointed to the faculty at Florida State University in 2007 and is a dedicated teacher, empowering young musicians for various careers including professors, orchestral and chamber performers, private studio teachers, and teaching artists. She also taught at the Brevard Music Center from 2009-2022. Previously, she served on the faculties of West Texas A&M University, Kinhaven Music School, Point CounterPoint, and the Hochstein School, where she was Director of Chamber Music.
With a passion for community engagement, Ms. Stillwell created Building Bridges in 2018, a multi-year performance project of the complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle in collaboration with advanced students. She also spearheaded a partnership with a regional orchestra to host a Quartet-in-Residence; for six years, she has coached the Carriola Quartet for their educational performances across three counties. Additionally, she curates chamber concerts as Co-Artistic Director of the Tallahassee chapter of Music For Food, a national musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our local communities.
Currently Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony, Ms. Stillwell has been an orchestral leader for more than 25 years, having served as Associate Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic and Victoria Bach Festival; Concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Janiec Opera Company, and the School of American Ballet; and Guest Concertmaster of the Nanjing Philharmonic in China. Since 2020, she has performed with Arizona MusicFest, an ensemble of musicians from major orchestras across the country.