Julie Diesslin grew up in Southern California. She felt a real love and desire for the cello at a very early age as she would hear her mother, Nancy, play the cello with her father, Gus, a pianist, in the evenings.
She began her cello studies at the age of 10. She studied with Alberta Hurst, Gregory Bemko and Victor Sazer over her time in Southern California.
Julie made her orchestra debut with the Hidden Valley Music School Orchestra of Carmel California, under the direction of Dr. Michael Zearott, playing the Saint-Saens Concerto. She also performed the Haydn C Major concerto with the Lakewood Symphony as well as performing numerous solo recitals. In both 1979 and 1980, Julie was selected to be a participant in the well known Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists at the University of Southern California. It was in August of 1980 she decided to move to New York City to study at The Mannes College of Music. As the student of Claus Adam, Julie was principle cellist of the Mannes orchestra as well as cellist in the Mannes String Quartet. Winning First Prize in the concerto competition, Julie performed the Haydn C Major Concerto with the Mannes Orchestra. Receiving a fellowship to the Aspen School of Music in 1981, she won First Prize in the Dvorak Concerto Competition in 1982. She performed it with the Festival Orchestra, Peter Bay conducting. In 1995 and 1997 as a member of the jazz fusion, 6:30 BAND, Julie with the band recorded two CD’s, OPEN MY EYES and DOUBLE CURE. Julie also studied with Fred Sherry, Alan Harris, and Paul Tobias.
Julie has continued her performing, and has also taught privately for the last twenty six years and counting!