Winning all major Canadian music competitions by the age of 16, Montréal-born violinist Chantal Juillet first came to international attention when she received First Prize at the Young Concert Artists Competition (NY), making successful débuts in Los Angeles, New York and in Washington DC. Recognised as one of Canada's most brilliant musicians, she appears frequently with the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Filarmonica della Scala, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Her first recording for Decca, of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto and the two Szymanowski concerti, was released to outstanding critical acclaim. Subsequent releases include an all-Ravel disc, which won the Gramophone Award for the Best Chamber Music Recording of 1997, the Goldschmidt Rondeau and Violin Concerto conducted by the composer, the Korngold, Krenek and Weill violin concerti with the Berlin Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, which formed part of Decca’s Entartete Musik project and Rêverie et Caprice, a collection of French pieces for violin and orchestra with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra. Chantal Juillet also recorded a disc of chamber music with Martha Argerich, her first for EMI, which was released in July 1999.
Fervent ambassador of new music, Chantal Juillet is an active proponent of première performances, associated with some of today’s foremost composers. In 1994 she gave the first public performance of Berthold Goldschmidt's Violin Concerto at the Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier, with the Orchestre National de France. After the performance the composer dedicated the concerto to her and subsequently Goldschmidt wrote Rondeau as a gesture of their musical friendship. Miss Juillet also collaborated closely with Krzysztof Penderecki on his 2nd Violin Concerto Metamorphoses, premièring this significant work in North America and several European countries in 1996.
Chantal Juillet is a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied with the eminent violinist Josef Gingold. Her previous teachers included Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School and Luis Grinhauz in Montréal. In 2000 she was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France and received in 2005 the Opus Prize for “Personality of the Year” from the Conseil Québécois de la Musique and was appointed Chevailier de l’Ordre National du Québec.