2012-2013 Guest Artist
Nurit Bar-Josef, Violin
Nurit Bar-Josef made her well-received concerto debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in February 2002, after joining the Orchestra at age 26 as Concertmaster in September 2001. Previously she served as assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops and one year as assistant principal second violin with the Saint Louis Symphony. Ms. Bar-Josef received her bachelor's degree from The Curtis Institute, studying with Aaron Rosand, and was the recipient of the Fritz Kreisler Award for Violin upon graduation. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann. Ms. Bar-Josef has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, as well as in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Symphony magazine. Ms. Bar-Josef won first prize in several competitions, including the Boston Symphony Concerto Competition, Wellesley Symphony, Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition, and Juilliard's Concerto Competition. In 1997, she made her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall. Other solo appearances include performances with the orchestras of Boston, Saint Louis, Boston Pops, Boston Classical Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, International Symphony Orchestra (Israel), and Corpus Christi.
An active chamber musician, she has performed piano quartets with Andre Previn at his Rising Stars Festival in Caramoor, and diverse repertoire at Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Center, and the festivals of Taos, Garth Newel (Virginia), Portland and Rockport (both in Maine), Steamboat Springs (Colorado) and in Philadelphia, New York City, Israel, and Boston. Ms. Bar-Josef is a member of The Dryden Quartet, a group she formed together with NSO Principal violist Daniel Foster and his two cousins Nicolas and Yumi Kendall. She is also one of the founding members of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, an ensemble of leading National Symphony Orchestra musicians. With Lambert Orkis at the piano, Ms. Bar-Josef made her Washington, D.C. debut recital in 2003, in the Terrace Theater as part of the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts series. Ms. Bar-Josef is currently playing on a 1781 J.B.Villaume, generously on loan from the Library of Congress.