LYRA String Quartet
Judith Cox Judith Cox has been a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1994. She is a founding member of the LYRA String Quartet, in residence at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center; she has also performed with the Gwinnett Philharmonic for 13 years, serving as Associate Concertmaster for six seasons. Before joining the ASO, Ms. Cox was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for six years. She held the title of Principal Second Violin of the Ohio Chamber and Cleveland Opera and Ballet Orchestras from 1987- 88. A graduate of Indiana University, her principal teachers have been Constantin Kiradjieff, Sally Thomas, Ivan Galamian and Franco Gulli.

Ms. Cox appeared as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the CSO Tri-State Concerto Competition at the age of 15, and was that same year first prize recipient of the Wright State University Orchestra Concerto Competition. She has since soloed with the CSO, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and in Atlanta with the All University College Orchestra on the campus of Morehouse College, and the Gwinnett Philharmonic.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Cox has performed as a guest artist in concert halls and universities throughout the Southeast. She has collaborated with such artists as Norman Carol (former concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra), Pianist Christopher O’Riley (Host of "From the Top"), Cellist Margo Tatgenhorst (American String Quartet), and Clarinetist Terrance Patterson (Ritz Chamber Players). Cox has been a part of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson, WY for 19 years, and has collaborated in chamber music with members of the Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, New York Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber, and Utah Symphony orchestras. She also participated in two state-wide tours (Wyoming) of the Grand Teton Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. She has been a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Festival, and Guest Artist and Faculty Member of such festivals as the Hong Kong International Youth Music Camp, the Chamber Music Workshop at the Petrie School of Music in Spartanburg, SC, the Madeline Island, WI Chamber Music Camp, and the Brightstar Chamber Music Festival. She has soloed in Hong Kong City Hall, throughout the New Territories and in Sai Kung, and has appeared at the 92nd Street Y and at Carnegie Hall in New York and performed orchestrally throughout Europe.

Ms. Cox has been Guest Lecturer of Violin at Spelman College and taught on faculty at Clayton College and State University for six years, both as part of the Resident String Quartet and as Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music; she maintains a private studio with students of all ages. Ms. Cox has recorded live and delayed broadcasts in performance and live interviews for Radio Television Hong Kong, WTTV Channel 4, Indianapolis, Georgia Public Radio, WABE Atlanta, Turner Broadcasting Station, "Storyline", and National Public Radio; as well as the 2001 CD by the LYRA String Quartet.

"These musicians (of the LYRA String Quartet) are first class all the way!"

-- Dr. Samuel Goldman, Executive Director of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Hong Kong Duo Violin Recital with Raymond Leung: "The two artists' technique and musicality are exceptional."

-- Hong Kong Standard
American debut of Rafal Augustin Cyclic Piece No. 1 for Violin Solo: "Rafal Augustin, a Pole born in 1952, was represented by Cyclic Piece No. 1, played by violinist Judith Cox. It displays a steady, unfolding rhythmic procedure over which is laid a complex, virtuosic array of violinistics. Vigorous double- stopping, including full- force octaves that leave no room for error, characterize the work, which Cox performed admirably."

-- Jay Harvey, Indianapolis Star
LYRA at Brightstar Music Festival, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2000-- "The brightest star on opening night was Judith Cox, simply scintillating on first violin in Dvorak's American String Quartet."

-- Perry Tannenbaum, The Leader Newspaper