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Music with a Purpose

Going Beyond Her Violin

Violinist Julia Cash has recently returned to Louisville after some 25 years pursuing an exciting musical career in New England and Europe. Brought back to Louisville by her family and her husband’s career, she has been named Interim Principal 2nd violin of the Louisville Orchestra. Ms. Cash went to Boston to work with legendary violinist James Buswell at age 15 to pursue an already promising musical future.

Winner of the National Music Club Prize as a Tanglewood fellow, and a twotime Outstanding Performer award winner at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, Ms. Cash has performed all over the United States and Europe as a chamber musician and recitalist. In Boston, she performs with the Boston Ballet, Boston Pops, and has served as concertmaster for many prominent Boston musical groups such as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Coro Allegro.

A huge new music advocate, Ms. Cash served as concertmaster of Alea III under Gunther Schuller to high accolades. Early in her career, she served as principal second of Opera Boston and has been on many Grammy nominated albums through her extensive recording career. Ms. Cash holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Germany and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. In addition to James Buswell, other notable musical mentors include Pamela Frank, Vera Beths and Federico Agostini.

Ms. Cash is also an avid teacher and music educator. Along with her private studio, she has taught chamber music, orchestral coaching and lessons at Harvard, Boston College and Boston Latin School. She is currently on faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education and maintains a competitive studio of award winning students. Currently she spends summers teaching for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and serves as Music Director at Point Counter Point Chamber Music Camp in Vermont. She currently lives in Crescent Hill with her three daughters and violist/physician husband Tom, and is splitting her performing obligations between Louisville and Boston

The Musical Mission

When asked about this “instrumental” movement Julia shared the following:

“Music with a Purpose is a musician led charitable concept that focuses on using chamber music to promote awareness and raise funds for Kentucky Refugee Ministries and other important causes of our time.

Making music brings a community together, and this community can be a powerful agent for change and growth. Louisville as a community has a long heritage of supporting great music, and is one that cares deeply about humanitarian issues of all kinds. I have seen the transformative power of chamber music to innovate in my performances around the US and abroad. I hope to share these experiences with my fellow Louisvillians while supporting a great cause.

A local cause deserving of our attention is Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM), an organization that helps re-build and re-define home during global political and climate crises. Musicians feel these crises so acutely as members of an international community that shares a common musical language. We propose to begin a local chamber music series whose proceeds benefit KRM. Kentucky has grown many fine musicians, many of whom have gone on to national or international careers. We hope to bring together musicians for whom Kentucky was and is home while supporting the work of KRM.”