Julia Lockhart has been Principal Bassoonist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since May of 2005. Her membership in the VSO goes back to fall 2002, when she joined as 2nd Bassoon. Since moving to Vancouver, she has quickly established herself as a very busy and enthusiastic musician, both as a performer and a teacher.
A native of Calgary, Julia had her first bassoon lessons in 1992 with CPO bassoonist and vocalist Michael Hope. The scarcity of bassoonists in Calgary made it possible for her to gain her first professional orchestral experiences at age 16 and 17, substituting in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Julia began her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, and then transferred to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 2001, she graduated from Curtis with a Bachelor of Music in bassoon and a Diploma in harpsichord. Julia then was awarded a full scholarship to Yale University School of Music.
In addition to her current duties in the VSO, Julia enjoys performing as a soloist and chamber musician. In the 2007-2008 season, she appeared three times as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony: the Canadian premiere of Full Faith and Credit by American composer Harold Meltzer; Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in D Minor, and Beethoven’s early work Romance Cantabile. She has appeared in chamber music recitals at Roedde House, St. James Community Hall, the Carnegie Centre in the Downtown Eastside, UBC Recital Hall, on Denman Island, and at the Orpheum theatre. Julia is also one of the founding members of the Harlequin Bassoon Quartet.
A dedicated teacher, Julia taught the bassoon studio at the University of British Columbia throughout the 2007-2008 school year while Prof. Jesse Read was on a sabbatical. She is very proud that her former students have gone on to study music at McGill University, the University of Toronto, UBC, and in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.