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."
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.
Most recently, Hilary co-founded a popular concert series for children and families, Mozart for Munchkins. Now in it’s second season, the series has presented over 100 concerts in 10 different neighborhoods, most of which sell out quickly. Mozart for Munchkins is launching a partnership with Lincoln Center Kids in May 2019. Inspired by the birth of her son and her co-founder’s daughter in 2017, Mozart for Munchkins fuses two of Hilary’s greatest passions: music performance and children.
Performances and projects have been featured in The New York Times, TimeOut New York, The New Yorker Magazine, New York Daily News, Broadway World, BUST magazine, The Day, Westerly Sun, on Sirius Radio’s Linked with Peter Cummings, and on MNN Television’s Minding Your Business.
Hilary served as concertmaster of the Mannes Opera Orchestra under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri. Orchestral performances are regularly held at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and have taken her to Symphony Hall in Boston, Sydney Opera House, the Rudofinum/Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Pesti Vigado in Budapest. As a soloist and chamber musician, Hilary has appeared in concert 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.
Alongside her work with Mozart for Munchkins, Hilary maintains an in-demand teaching studio in NYC. Through both, Hilary is dedicated to preserving the value of classical music performance and education through diverse performances and music education.
Hilary plays an 1815 Giovanni Baptista Ceruti violin, on loan from a generous benefactor. www.hilarycastle.com