Violinist Hilary Castle maintains an active schedule as an ensemble musician, soloist, and teacher. “The electric energy behind Hilary’s playing is indescribable … She breathes life into the music and personifies it in a way that would shame those who thought this music could ever be boring.”
Hilary has played with a diversity of groups, from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of New York, CIRCE duo and New Retro Strings to performances and recordings with American violinist and composer Mark O'Connor, award-winning jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Thalia, Danish singer/songwriter Oh Land and Bonobo. Recent performances have taken her to Carnegie Hall, The United Nations, Iridium Jazz Club, The Town Hall, Zinc Bar, Bargemusic and Alice Tully Hall. Performances and projects have been featured in TimeOut New York, the New York Times, New York Daily News, BUST magazine, The Day, Westerly Sun, on Sirius Radio’s Linked with Peter Cummings, and on MNN Television’s Minding Your Business.
Hilary earned a B.M. from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and a M.M. from Mannes College, studying with Lucie Robert. For three seasons she served as concertmaster of the Mannes Opera Orchestra under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri. Other orchestral experiences have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, Symphony Hall in Boston, Sydney Opera House, the Rudofinum/Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Pesti Vigado in Budapest. Hilary also has appeared in chamber and solo recitals at the Morgan Library in New York City, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library, U.N. German Consulate General, Ukrainian Institute of America, Bargemusic, Nabi Gallery, and the Colony Club. Summer music festivals have included MusicAlp in Courchevel, France, Casalmaggiore in Italy, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Tanglewood Institute, and the Texas Music Festival where she served multiple seasons as concertmaster under the direction of conductors Christoph Campestri and Stefan Sanderling
In addition to running a private studio in New York City, Hilary is on faculty at the Nightingale-Bamford School.
She plays an 1815 Giovanni Baptista Ceruti violin, on loan from a generous benefactor