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Julia Tondera

Violin Faculty

Native to Poland, Julia Tondera is a professional violinist and teacher recognized in her home country as well as internationally. She received numerous awards for her violin performance in both solo and chamber music competitions, from which the most recent ones include First Prize in The International Best Bach Performance Competition in 2020 and Finalist of The Moores Concerto Competition in 2019.

Julia started her performing career at age of 8 when she has won The National Mlynarski’s Concerto Competition, receiving the top award and performing with a professional orchestra. From then on, Julia received awards in both solo and chamber music competitions every year, always 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 many prestigious halls around the world as well as participated in many significant music festivals in Poland and abroad, receiving recognition from many famous violinists and conductors.

Julia was born into a musical family. Her father is a prominent accompanist and mother is a recognized 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 began 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 globally distinguished artists such as Kristof Barati, Paul Kantor, William Preucil, Simon James, Yuri Bashmet, and Rollo Kovac. Julia holds Bachelor degree from Moores School of Music where she was awarded merit-based scholarships, including Moores School of Music Scholarships and Fredell Lack Scholarship. During her Bachelor education, she held concertmaster position in symphonic, ballet and opera productions.

Julia has been teaching violin privately both in Poland and the United States. She enjoys the journey of discovering wonderful art of violin playing with children as young as 4 or 5 y.o., as well as incredibly important preparation of high school students for their auditions to college. As a teacher, she is very successful with both the little ones as well as with the teenagers who, with Julia’s help and instructions, can make their dreams come true- she loves sharing her passion to music and violin with students of all ages!

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