Native to Poland, Julia Tondera is a violinist who has received numerous awards for her violin performance in both solo and chamber music competitions and used many opportunities to perform as a professional musician. She has won The Emil Mlynarski’s Concerto Competition three times, receiving the top award which was an opportunity to perform with an orchestra. Julia also received awards in both national and international chamber music competitions, often receiving first prize or being among top three finalists. At age of 11, she had her first tour in Poland performing J. S. Bach’s Concerto in A Minor along with other pieces accompanied by a chamber orchestra. She performed in the most prestigious halls in Poland including Warsaw Philharmonic, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, The Witold Lustoslawski Concert Studio, and Polish National Opera. Julia has participated in many prestigious music festivals in Poland and abroad, including Miami Summer Music Festival and Energy for Life Festival (Austria), and Texas Music Festival receiving full scholarships to each.
Julia was born into a musical family. Her father is a prominent accompanist and mother is a composer who also teaches improvisation. Originally from Warsaw, Julia started her journey with music at the age of 3 when encouraged by her parents she started playing piano. When she started her elementary music education at age of 7, she picked up the violin as the main instrument but has never stopped playing piano.
Julia has worked with many distinguished artists such as Paul Kantor, William Preucil, Simon James, Yuri Bashmet, Rollo Kovac, and Jan Stanienda.
Julia is pursuing Bachelor of Music at the Moores School of Music in the studio of Dr. Kirsten Yon. She was awarded merit-based scholarships, including Moores School of Music Scholarships and Fredell Lack Scholarship. Julia has been teaching privately for several years both in Poland and United States and she loves sharing her passion to music and violin with students of all ages.