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Juilliard School at the California Festival

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors, composers, choreographers, and playwrights from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

Photo by Claudio Papapietro
Photo by Claudio Papapietro


Juilliard @ The California Festival

Juilliard students participate in a program curated by Creative Associate at Large Nadia Sirota.

Program Notes

Nadia Sirota (BM ’04, MM ’06, viola; Academy ’08) is a violist, conductor, and Peabody Award-winning producer. In all branches of her artistic life, she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

As a soloist, Sirota has performed with orchestras around the world, and released four albums of commissioned music. She is a member of the chamber sextet yMusic and has lent her signature sound to a dizzying array of projects, appearing on albums and concert stages with such popular artists as the National, David Bowie, Björk, Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni.

Sirota is co-founder of Eclipse Projects, an independent creative producer and arts management company based in Los Angeles. From 2018 to 2022, she served as the New York Philharmonic’s first Creative Partner. She received a Peabody Award for her podcast Meet the Composer With Nadia Sirota on New York Public Radio’s WQXR/Q2 (2014-17). At Juilliard, she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang. A Juilliard Creative Associate, she became the first Creative Associate at Large in 2023.