Violinist Hilary Castle maintains an active schedule as a soloist, ensemble musician 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."
Most recently, Hilary made her Broadway debut on stage with Steve Martin as the fiddle understudy in “Bright Star”, a musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. She has performed with a wide range of ensembles and artists, including the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra of New York City, Distinguished Concerts International New York Orchestra, American violinist and composer Mark O'Connor, Steve Martin in “Bright Star”, award-winning jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Thalia, Danish singer/songwriter Oh Land and Bonobo. Recent performances have taken her to the Cort Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Iridium Jazz Club, SubCulture, the Manderley at Sleep No More, Coach, Carolina Herrera showroom and The Town 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 holds a B.M. from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and a M.M. and a P.S.D. from Mannes College. For three seasons she served as concertmaster of the Mannes Opera Orchestra under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri. Orchestral performances have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 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.
Hilary is a founding member of Silver Birch Music, a music collaborative based in New York City, dedicated to preserving the value of classical music performance and education through a diverse performance series and music school. In addition to running her own teaching studio, Hilary is on faculty at Turtle Bay Music School in New York City.
Hilary plays an 1815 Giovanni Baptista Ceruti violin, on loan from a generous benefactor. www.hilarycastle.com