Julie Edwards joined the Utah Symphony in the fall of 2000. Prior to her appointment in Utah, she played in the viola section of The Louisville Orchestra, and free-lanced extensively throughout the Midwest. Julie enjoys a varied musical life in Salt Lake City, ranging from orchestral performances to playing chamber music and teaching, as well as serving on the board of the Utah Viola Society.
Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, Julie began her music studies in the public schools, starting the viola in 4th grade. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Csaba Erdelyi and Atar Arad. Other teachers include Rami Solomonow of DePaul University and Paul Frankenfeld of the Cincinnati Symphony.
Julie plays a Hiroshi Iizuka viola that was commissioned by her in 2010.