Greek violinist Areta Zhulla, who became first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet in 2018, has gained recognition as a passionate and poetic artist. Named Young Artist of the Year by the National Critics Association in Greece, she also received the Triandi Career Grant and Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award. A Juilliard Pre-College and College alumna, she serves on the violin and chamber music faculties.
Zhulla has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Arts Centre of Canada. She was a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, where she performed and toured regularly with some of today’s most acclaimed artists. Memorable collaborations include performances with Itzhak Perlman at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center as well as collaborations with legendary conductor Michel Plasson, Pinchas Zukerman, Gary Hoffman, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, and members of the Cleveland, Emerson, and Cavani string quartets. Her performances have been broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center (PBS), the Kennedy Center Honors, and WQXR as well as other radio stations throughout the world.
A passionate educator, Zhulla served as teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at Juilliard and on the faculties of Juilliard Pre-College and the Perlman Music Program, of which she is an alumna. She’s also the artistic director of the Perlman-Genesis Violin Project, a series of workshops at the Tel-Aviv Conservatory in Israel.
Zhulla holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho, and was a recipient of the Vergotis Scholarship. Other teachers include Pinchas Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, and her father, Lefter Zhulla.