Julian Pinelli

Julian P.

Brighton, MA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Rosin up your bow and dig into your favorite music! I have experience in a wide variety of genres on the violin/fiddle including: bluegrass, classical, jazz, old time and many other fiddle traditions. It is my firm belief that you learn best what you are interested and excited about. That’s why I make a special effort to cater to each students’ interests and provide the tools and techniques necessary to achieve their goals. Please send me a message with any questions you may have.

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Julian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Recently named the winner of the 2016 Fresh Grass fiddle competition, Julian Pinelli is a free-spirited violinist who spins a deep tone in his music. Rooted in the bluegrass of his home in Southern Appalachia, Julian taps into a new dimension combining diverse musical influences with the intricacies of acoustic sound.

Julian spent his childhood surrounded by many iconic acoustic musicians including fiddler Bobby Hicks – whose smooth and lush sound has had a big impact on Julian’s playing. Now residing in Boston and attending Berklee College of Music, Julian has been honored with both the 2016 Fletcher Bright Award and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival’s 2015 Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship.

Julian unites his passion for improvising with the earthy resonance of acoustic music. “I have always been drawn to the simple and pure tone of acoustic instruments and their inherent expressiveness.” Both adventurous and traditional, Julian creates music that respects traditions such old time and bluegrass while staying fresh at the cutting edge of musical innovation.

Appearing on stages across the United States and Canada, Julian has played at many notable bluegrass festivals including: Merlefest, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass, and Planet Bluegrass. Julian now performs with his own acoustic quartet OctoPladd and also subs extensively for groups including the progressive bluegrass band Front Country, and the acoustic metal sensation The Stash! Band.

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Touring Fiddle Player
Jan 2017 - Present
Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native

Violin/Fiddle Teacher
Jun 2014 - Present


BM in Music Performance
Sep 2014 - Dec 2017
Berklee College of Music


Rocky Grass Fiddle Competition 1st Place
Jul 2017
Planet Bluegrass
Fresh Grass Fiddle Award 1st Place
Sep 2016
Fresh Grass Festival
Fletcher Bright Award/Scholarship
Sep 2016
American Roots Music Program at Berklee
Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship
Jul 2015
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Photos & Videos

Ashland Breakdown - Julian Pinelli and Friends
Photo by Julian P.

Photo by Julian P.


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