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Justine Lamb-Budge, Associate Concertmaster

Violinist Justine Lamb-Budge is bringing “youthful vibrancy” to orchestral performances on stages across North America and Europe. “The great skill, passion and nuance of her playing and her strong commitment to the critically important role of concertmaster is an inspiration to all of us,” says Piotr Gajewski, Music Director of the National Philharmonic in Washington D.C., where Lamb-Budge was concertmaster from 2011 to 2013. Last year, Lamb-Budge was a finalist for the first violin section of the Philadelphia Orchestra and concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet. She has performed as guest concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. She previously held the positions of concertmaster of the Canton Symphony Orchestra (2013-2015), concertmaster of the Mansfield Symphony (2013-2014), associate concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra (2013-2014) and principal second violin of Symphony in C (2012-2013). She also frequently performs with the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. Lamb-Budge studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher prior to attending the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Joseph Silverstein and Ida Kavafian. She graduated in May 2015 from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received her Artist Diploma in Concertmaster Studies under the tutelage of William Preucil. Lamb-Budge is on a one-year leave of absence for the 2018/19 season.

Ten questions about me:

Are you the only musician in your family?

I'm the only professional musician in the family, but my paternal grandmother sings and plays the piano and organ. My mother was a classically trained pianist before becoming a psychologist.

What’s on your iPod?

My iPod is a crazy mix of what I used to listen to (Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Gavin DeGraw) to stuff I listen to now (Imogen Heap, Jaco Pastorius, Punch Brothers, Ingrid Michaelson) to all the classical repertoire I've performed or would like to learn. If I don't already own a recording of something I'm scheduled to perform, I usually hunt it down to add to the collection.

When you’re not performing or rehearsing, you’re most likely doing what?

I'm probably walking my dog Chase, snuggling up with a good book and my cat Lulu, trying to cook something new, or just catching up on TV shows.

What are you reading these days?

My dad and I are constantly giving each other book recommendations — mostly fiction — and then we check in after we've read them to discuss. These days we are into thrillers like Gillian Flynn's books, Paula Hawkins' "The Girl On The Train," and Elizabeth Little's "Dear Daughter."

Who would play you in a movie?

Emma Stone — apparently we have similar speech habits, Yvonne Strahovski, or Jennifer Lawrence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I love thunderstorms!