Julia Bushkova

(on leave for 2020 season)

Acclaimed as a virtuoso of the highest rank, Julia Bushkova appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and in recital throughout the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. She has been described possessing “remarkable expressiveness, an unusually large beautiful tone and extraordinary technical execution” (Ann Arbor News). Schwarzwalder Bote called her playing “a Russian violin tradition of the highest elegance.” She has been a featured performer on numerous public and commercial radio and TV stations as well as nationwide on NPR's “Performance Today.”


Professor Bushkova has presented numerous masterclasses in the United States and abroad. She served as a judge in the International Luis Sigall Competition (Chile), taught in the Brzewski International Master Classes (Poland), The Yellow Barn Music School, Niagara International School for Musical Arts (Canada), International Academy of Music (Italy), Stellenbosch International Festival (South Africa), the Summit Music Festival, Killington Music Festival as well as gave numerous masterclasses in China and Korea.


Since 2000, Julia Bushkova has focused more of her time on teaching - passing her knowledge, love for music and violin in particular, to the next generations. She is unsurpassed in the art of diagnostics of any technical or musical problems and impediments, offering creative ways of understanding and overcoming them. Her teaching style is a rare combination of the Russian and Franco-Belgian violin schools in the context of the modern American pedagogy. Her students have gone on to attend the finest conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Moscow Conservatory. Julia Bushkova's former students are found in major orchestras and premiere ensembles: Cavani String Quartet, the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.


Born into a family of renowned violinists in Moscow (Russia), Julia Bushkova began the study of the violin at the age of six and several months later made her first recital appearance as a member of a violin ensemble. Her concerto debut took place at the age of fifteen in Poland. She graduated with the highest honors from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.


Julia Bushkova has recorded for Crystal Records and Toccata Classics. Currently, she is a Full Professor at the University of North Texas.