Jason Hurlbut studies violin performance with Renee Jolles at the Eastman School of Music. He has also studied with Sally Thomas, Jan Mark Sloman, and Ann Setzer at the Meadowmount School of Music, and received masterclasses from Alice Schoenfeld, Daniel Phillips, and Juan Ramirez. Jason placed first in the New Youth Orchestra Solo Competition and was a finalist in the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition and the Classics Alive Young Artists Auditions. In 2015, he was selected as the Moscow Ballet’s Musical Wunderkind San Diego, performing Saint-Saën’s Dying Swan at Copley Symphony Hall.
Jason also enjoys teaching, and was an instructor in the New Youth Orchestra 2015 Mexico Summer Festival in Ciudad Guzman, and a volunteer at ROCMusic, in Rochester, as well as teaching private lessons. He is also an enthusiastic new music advocate who has performed with OSSIA New Music, premiered works of many Eastman student composers, and has performed his own original composition in the 2014 Harmony and Motion International Dance and Music Festival with the San Diego Civic Dance Company. Additionally, Jason was a recipient of the Eastman Institute of Music Leadership Mentorship Grant for the creation of a music video to the Giga from Partita No. 2 by J.S. Bach. When not playing violin, Jason enjoys surfing, reading, chess, and listening to music.