Nurit Bar-Josef, violin
Nurit Bar-Josef, who made her solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in February 2001, joined the Orchestra as concertmaster in September 2001. She previously spent three years 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 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, Wellesley, International Symphony Orchestra (Israel), and Corpus Christi. A participant in the Taos and Tanglewood Music Center Festivals, Ms. Bar-Josef was concertmaster of the Music Center Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, winning the most outstanding performer award. An active chamber musician, she has performed piano quartets with André Previn at his Rising Stars Festival at Caramoor, and diverse repertoire at Tanglewood Music Center, and the festivals of Taos, Garth Newel (Virginia), Portland (Maine), Steamboat Springs (Colorado) and in Philadelphia, New York City, Israel, and Boston. As a chamber musician, Ms. Bar-Josef is a member of both the Walden Chamber Players and the Dryden Quartet, and is also a member of the new Kennedy Center Chamber Players ensemble.