Raised in Oregon, Julie Coleman studied the violin with Raphael Spiro, a student of the great Leopold Auer, before gaining admittance to The Juilliard School at age 17. While in New York she was awarded the Gluck Fellowship, and her quartet was invited to perform in Alice Tully Hall. Before graduating she took her first national audition and won a job with the Oregon Symphony. Since that time she has had the honor of coaching many violinists; touring abroad with groups such as Mainly Mozart, American Sinfonietta and Malaysian Philharmonic; teaching as adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University; collaborating on many recordings and performances as a member of fEARnoMUSIC; and playing occasionally with Portland-based band Pink Martini at home and around the country.
In a performance as guest concertmaster of Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, her playing was described by Oregon Music News as "…one of the highlights…lovely…" She has appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Chico Symphony, Aspen Young Artist Orchestra and others.
Ms. Coleman is a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and occasionally performs chamber music with distinguished colleagues at Walk Festival Hall. Earlier, her summers were spent studying at the Meadowmount School of Music, Quartet Program and Aspen Music Festival and School.
Julie Coleman plays on a beautifully restored G.B. Rogeri violin made in 1667.