Julia McKenzie enjoys a varied musical life playing violin in assorted styles, settings, and ensembles in and around Boston. She specializes in period performance with the Handel+Haydn Society, the grammy-nominated Boston Baroque (Telarc), Newton Baroque, Rowe's Lane Quartet, and other period chamber music ensembles; arranges and performs music with Shelter Music Boston for audiences in homeless shelters; and gets to dabble in jazz, blues, and rock with Kate & the Finn Tones and other area bands. She has performed in productions with Melodic Vision and other multi-media groups, and traveled with numerous ensembles on music festival tours in Krakow, Warsaw, Regensburg, London, Mexico, and venues throughout the U.S., including The Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Ravinia Festival, and Tanglewood. She has worked with baroque violinists Simon Standage and Manfredo Kremer at early music summer festivals, privately with Dana Maiben, and is a dedicated teacher of historical violin technique as well as modern violin. She has coached student ensembles in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, presented Baroque and Classical lecture-demonstrations at Roger Williams University, and is a regular presenter of period instrument demonstrations at MIT through the H+H Society.

Studies at New England Conservatory, Aspen Music School, UC Irvine; principal teachers and coaches include Paul Kantor, Joyce Robbins, Eugene Lehner, Robert Kopf, Brian Dembow, baroque violin with Dana Maiben.