Julia Lichten, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe (Phi Beta Kappa) and from New England Conservatory (with Honors and Distinction). Her principal teachers and mentors included Mischa Nieland, Paul Tobias, Felix Galimir, David Soyer and Leon Kirchner.
A longtime resident of New York, she enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher in the New York City area and beyond. She was a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from 1995-2014, and has toured as soloist with Orpheus, Musicians from Marlboro, American Chamber Players and as Artistic Ambassador for the US State Department. Festival engagements have included Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Taos Chamber Music Festival, Library of Congress, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Chesapeake Chamber Music, and Rencontres Musicales d’Évian. Ms. Lichten is an annual guest artist with the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, and has served as artist/faculty at Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival, Mannes College Beethoven Institute and Perlman Music Program. She has recorded for Marlboro Recording Society, Arabesque, Koch International Classics, Music Masters, Sony Classical, and Deutsche Grammophon. She is a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of Strings at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College and a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music.