Julia Black


Julia Black studied violin with Kenneth Piper and John Ludlow, and early violin with Catherine Mackintosh at the Royal College of Music. She subsequently moved to the Netherlands to continue her historical performance practice studies on early violin/viola with Lucy van Dael, Sigiswald Kuijken and others at the Koninklijke Conservatorium in The Hague. She has performed, broadcast and made recordings with a variety of ensembles here and in Europe including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Early Opera Company, The Hanover Band, Collegium Musicum 90, St James’s Baroque, La Nuova Musica, Feinstein Ensemble, and is a principal player for MDD, and other small chamber music ensembles.
Now living in Biggleswade, she combines performing with family life, teaching and community music work and is active locally as a performer on modern violin, piano and double bass. She gives masterclasses and lecture recitals on various subjects ranging from historically-informed performance practice to the electric violin.  In her spare time she can be found on the allotment or making wine..