Meet WNO

Julia Loucks

Sub-Principal Second Violin

Born in Montréal, Julia moved to London to pursue her postgraduate studies with Itzhak Rashkovksy and Laura Samuel at the Royal College of Music. She was appointed Sub Principal Second Violin of WNO Orchestra in 2017 after joining the award-winning Jubilee String Quartet in 2015.

Julia has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in London, Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy, Poland, Germany, Canada, and cities throughout England and Wales, and can be heard on BBC Radio 3 In Tune with the Jubilee Quartet.

Julia was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in 2013, during which time she appeared as a soloist with Piazzolla’s Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, as well as taking part in chamber music concerts in the Purcell Room for the Rest is Noise Festival and the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.

Julia was a finalist in the TD Canada Trust Competition in 2012, and has performed at the New Virtuosi, Wye Valley, Spitalfields, Burford, and Windrush Chamber Music festivals, as well as recitals and masterclasses in Cambridge, Kings Place, and Dartington. She is very grateful to the Stradivari Trust for helping her procure her beautiful 1685 Grancino violin.

Julia’s personal highlights with WNO so far have been performing Moses Und Aron at the Royal Opera House, and then flying to the opera festival in Savonlinna, Finland, the next day to jump off a bridge into a beautiful lake (as well as to perform Manon Lescaut and Nabucco).

Away from WNO, Julia loves to travel and read, and also enjoys playing tennis.