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Violinist Justine Lamb-Budge is bringing “youthful vibrancy” to orchestral performances on stages across North America and Europe. “The great skill, passion and nuance of her playing and her strong commitment to the critically important role of concertmaster is an inspiration to all of us,” says Piotr Gajewski, Music Director of the National Philharmonic, where Justine was concertmaster from 2011-2013.

Currently, Justine is the Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She recently held the position of Principal Second violinist of Symphony in C, and was Associate Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during the 12-13 season. She also frequently performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where she was a finalist for the violin opening this year. Justine has participated in the Verbier, Tanglewood, NYSOS, and Aspen music festivals, and has been fortunate to work with such celebrated conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda, and Valery Gergiev, among others.

A Philadelphia native, Justine was drawn early to the violin and began Suzuki violin studies at age six. At age eight, she joined the Main Line Youth Chamber Orchestra and performed with them at the Academy of Music. She then became a student of Kimberly Fisher, Principal Second of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

As a soloist, Justine has won several competitions and subsequently performed with orchestras such as the Ocean City Pops, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Federal Way Symphony of Seattle, the Old York Road Symphony, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and the Independence Sinfonia. In 2007, she performed as a soloist at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, P.R., with the Festival of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas (FOSJA) under the direction of Luis Biava. She also performed as soloist with the National Philharmonic during the 12-13 season. In addition, she’s performed in many significant venues including the Union League of Philadelphia, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Strathmore Center, The Academy of Music, Verizon and Perelman Halls at the Kimmel Center, Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps, and Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

Justine was proud to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2006 with principal musicians from the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, MET Orchestra, and the Emerson Quartet in a benefit concert for Doctors Without Borders after the earthquake in Pakistan.

In 2007, Ms. Lamb-Budge was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award as well as a Marian Anderson Young Artist Study-Grant. Other recipients of the Marian Anderson Award include Richard Gere, Mia Farrow, and Bill Cosby. She has performed several Times on NPR’s From the Top, and was featured in On Stage at WHYY with the Juniper String Quartet. Her quartet from the Settlement Music School, the Newman Advanced Study Quartet, won the silver medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

During the 07-08 concert season, Justine was concertmaster and soloist with the Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Temple University Music Preparatory Division, where she received the Dorothy Richard Starling Scholarship for four consecutive years.

In the fall of 2010, Justine joined in creating and performing two PECO-sponsored children’s outreach concerts, and that spring was a Student Artist in the Juilliard School’s Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies.

Her experience has been further supported by master classes with Peter Oundjian, Ilya Kaler, Juliette Kang, David Kim, Boris Garlitsky, Glen Dicterow, the Liebesfreud Quartet, and Joseph Lin.

Justine received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she studied with world-renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein. She spent last summer performing in New England with Curtis On Tour and in Switzerland performing with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with William Preucil.
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