Violinist Corinne Stillwell entered The Juilliard School at the age of ten, where she subsequently spent 15 years working with Dorothy DeLay. A versatile musician, she is an active soloist and chamber musician, a dedicated teacher, and a frequent concertmaster and orchestral leader. Currently Associate Professor at Florida State University, she also is Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony and Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center.
A frequent concerto soloist, Ms. Stillwell has been featured in over 30 works with orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony, the Nanjing Philharmonic in China, the Amarillo Symphony, the Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic, and on tour to Romania, Hungary, and Poland. As a recitalist, she has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, and in Germany, Canada, and across the United States. For over 25 years, she has been a frequent orchestral leader, having served as Concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony, Randall Chamber Orchestra, Janiec Opera Company, and the School of American Ballet Orchestra; Guest Concertmaster of the Nanjing Philharmonic in China; and Associate Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic and the Victoria Bach Festival.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Stillwell has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today; was a founding member of Trio Solis; and has collaborated with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, violinist Mikhail Kopelman, and members of the Ying, Cavani, Pro Arte, and Carpe Diem quartets. She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, Chamber Music Rochester, the Amarillo Chamber Music Society, Kosciuszko Foundation, and the American Festival of Microtonal Music. Other festival appearances include Saarburg (Germany), Aspen, Norfolk, Skaneateles, and Arizona Musicfest. As a member of the Harrington String Quartet, she performed extensively across the Midwest, from Texas to Wisconsin. Other projects with the Quartet included a PBS documentary, TV and radio broadcasts, and collaborations with clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist Robert Levin, and guitarist Pepé Romero. Her mentors have included members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Amadeus, and Vermeer quartets.
With a robust studio at Florida State University, Ms. Stillwell is a dedicated teacher known for her community engagement activities. In 2018, she launched “Building Bridges,” a multi-year project featuring performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets in collaboration with aspiring young musicians. She has also taught courses on the Beethoven quartets for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and is currently the coach and mentor for Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Quartet-in-Residence. She has given masterclasses at many music schools, such as the Eastman School of Music and Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, and she has also served on the faculties of West Texas A&M University, Kinhaven Music School, Point CounterPoint Music Festival, and the Hochstein School of Music, where she was the Director of Chamber Music. Locally, she is Co-Artistic Director of Music for Food Tallahassee, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger and further social justice. She has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and MSR Classics.