Born into a musical family, Hungarian violinist Julia Jakkel began her musical studies at the age of five. Julia won numerous prizes at national and international competitions during her teenage years. Julia received her Bachelor of Music degree, Magna Cum Laude in May 2016 at Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music, as a student of Carol Cole. A full tuition scholarship recipient, Julia earned Dean’s List honors for eight consecutive semesters, and as a result of her academic achievement, during her undergraduate studies Julia belonged to the President’s Honors Society at Lynn University. She also completed her graduate studies in violin performance at the same institution as a student and Teacher Assistant of Guillermo Figueroa.
Julia has served as a violin mentor at the Lynn University Preparatory School of Music for beginning level players, as well as at the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Summer Strings Program for underprivileged children, at Lynn University between 2013-2019. In addition, she has worked part-time as a violin teacher for U.B. Kinsey Palmview Elementary School and the Plumosa School of the Arts. In her free time Julia enjoys performing: she played a fundraising concert for the Miami Bach Society in 2012, worked as a strolling violinist on a cruise ship and also was an invited guest artist to perform at the Cristal Serenity World Cruise in the summer of 2015, gave performances in France as part of the Zodiac Music Festival in 2016, and has performed with local orchestras such as the Palm Beach Symphony, the Symphony of the Americas and the Southwest Florida Symphony over the past years. Julia’s involvement with the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise led her to perform charity concerts for the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Lauderdale in 2016 and 2017. Julia was honored to be the only entertainer at the opening ceremony of the new Vice-Consulate of Hungary in Miami in 2019; she has also appeared as a violinist in places such as Mar-a-Lago, Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton Resort and Club, Coconut Creek Casino, the Versace Mansion and the Biltmore Hotel, to mention a few. Julia received her English as a Second Language teaching certification in June 2017. Between 2015 and 2018, Julia enjoyed volunteering for the South Florida Hungarian Kids Club as an instructor and music teacher and served as the Honorary Chairperson of the Rotaract Club of Lynn University.
Julia is the General Music Teacher for Kindergarten-5th grade students at The Charter School at Waterstone in Homestead, a String Preparatory teacher for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and also teaches private violin lessons. Julia has had the honor to be an invited judge at the Florida Federation of Music Clubs’ Junior Festival for the past three years, evaluating many young and talented string players. Julia’s goal in life is to bring joy to all people through the gift of music.