Julie-Anne Derome, violin
Winner of the prestigious 2003 Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts, an award given to underline her innovative work as a performer.
Born in Montreal, Julie-Anne Derome studied with Christopher Rowland at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK (1991-1995), and with Mitchell Stern and members of the Emerson String Quartet in the USA (1995-1996). Winner of the Mendelssohn Trust Award in England in 1994 and of the Emerson String Quartet Competition in 1995, Julie-Anne Derome also received a special prize from the jury at the 1992 Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Paris for her interpretation of Anthèmes by Pierre Boulez. Julie-Anne has performed as soloist with the Manchester Sinfonia at the Aix-en-Provence International Music Festival in France, and gave the world première of the revised version of the Berg Violin Concerto with the symphony orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music (UK). In 1993 she took part in a concert of chamber music for Queen Elizabeth II in Cyprus during a meeting of the Heads of the Commonwealth. In 1995 she featured as the soloist in a performance of Corale by Luciano Berio with the SMCQ (Montreal). In 1996 she played with the Emerson String Quartet in Connecticut. In 1996 Julie-Anne released a CD of twentieth century solo violin works entitled Solo (on the Atma label). In reference to this recording the BBC Music Magazine hailed Julie-Anne Derome as "a star in the making." She may also be heard on the Analekta and SNE labels.
Julie-Anne regularly premières concertos by Canadian composers. In 2000 the Canada Council for the Arts awarded Julie-Anne Derome the loan of a 1902 Enrico Rocca violin and in 2003 an 1820 Johannes Franciscus Pressenda violin.