Violinist Corinne Stillwell entered The Juilliard School at the age of ten, where she subsequently spent 15 years, working with Dorothy DeLay, Joel Smirnoff, Earl Carlyss, and Samuel Sanders. A versatile musician, she is an active soloist and chamber musician, a dedicated teacher, and has spent more than 25 years as a concertmaster and orchestral leader. A frequent recitalist, she has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, and in Germany, Canada, and across the United States. Having performed over 30 works as soloist with orchestra, she has appeared with 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.
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 and Carpe Diem quartets. She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall, 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 the Saarburg (Germany) Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk and Skaneateles chamber music festivals, and the Victoria Bach Festival. As a member of the Harrington 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, guitarist Pepé Romero, and members of the Pro Arte and Cavani quartets. Her coaches have included members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Amadeus, and Vermeer quartets.
Known for her community engagement activities, Ms. Stillwell is Co-Artistic Director of Music For Food Tallahassee, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger and further social justice in our community. In 2018, she launched Building Bridges, a multi-year project featuring performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartets in collaboration with aspiring young musicians from FSU. She has taught a course on the Beethoven quartets for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is currently developing a class on British String Playing, to be held at the FSU Study Center in London. Dedicated to passing on a commitment to community, her students regularly perform at Westminster Oaks Retirement Center, Classical Revolution Tallahassee, and Bach in the Subways. She also serves as the coach and advisor for Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Quartet-in-Residence.
From 2002-2007, Ms. Stillwell served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic and Director of Chamber Music at the Hochstein School. Prior to that, she was Concertmaster of the Amarillo Symphony and on the faculty at West Texas A&M University. Currently, Ms. Stillwell is Associate Professor at Florida State University, Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and Concertmaster of the Tallahassee Symphony. She has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and MSR Classics.