Has played with The Knights since: 2009.
Favorite Knights moment: hearing—no—feeling the brass come in at the top of the last movement of Beethoven's Fifth at Ravinia—and seeing them, too, on the big screen! If you want to know what pure, ecstatic joy feels like, that is it.
Canadian cellist Julia MacLaine performs as a soloist and chamber musician in music ranging from classical to contemporary and from “world” to her own compositions. The New York Times has praised her “rich tone,” “sweet throbbing vibrato,” and, in a recent performance of Schumann’s Cello Concerto, her “compelling serenity” and “graceful introspection.” Julia is co-founder and artistic director of The Declassified, an ensemble comprised of alumni of Carnegie Hall and Juilliard’s Academy, who create chamber music and community residencies worldwide. She is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and has performed as a guest of many other New York-based ensembles including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
This July, MacLaine’s performance of the Schumann Cello Concerto with The Knights for the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in Central Park was broadcast live by WQXR, and in 2007, she was the soloist in Tan Dun's Cello Concerto, Elegy: Snow In June, at Carnegie's Zankel Hall with Ensemble ACJW. In 2008, she won a first prize in the Chamber Music Foundation of New England's 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.
In 2009, with three other fellows of The Academy (a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute), Julia created “Voice of the Whale,” a multimedia event inspired by George Crumb’s Vox balaenae. The program, specially crafted to be performed under the awe-inspiring blue whale in the Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Ocean Life, payed homage to Earth’s largest creatures and celebrated the intersection of contemporary American music, live visual art, and poetry.
After receiving her early training as a cellist on Prince Edward Island and in neighboring Nova Scotia, Julia went on to study with Antonio Lysy at McGill University, and with Timothy Eddy at the Mannes College of Music and The Juilliard School.