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Julia Pautz, Xian Zhuo & Tina Chong: San Diego Symphony On Stage

  • Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre, Cuyamaca College 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway El Cajon, CA, 92019 United States (map)

Adagio in E Major for Violin, K. 261

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1756 - 1791)

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G major

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)


Romanian Dances

Bela Bartok (1881 - 1945)

Julia Pautz, violin

Tina Chong, piano



Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)


Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C Major, Op. 3

Frederick Chopin (1810 - 1849)


Variations on one string from Rossini’s opera ‘Moses in Egypt’

Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840)

Xian Zhuo, cello

Tina Chong, piano

Julia Pautz


Recently called "a genuine virtuoso" by the Dallas Morning NewsJulia Pautz has been a member of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since 2010. A native Texan, Ms. Pautz earned a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music degree with honors from the University of Southern California and a professional studies certificate from The Colburn School. Following her studies Ms. Pautz joined the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. In Texas she also served on faculty of the preparatory department at Texas Christian University. 

While in Los Angeles Ms. Pautz studied with renowned violin pedagogue Robert Lipsett. She has also held a Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Ms. Pautz has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, ENCORE School for Strings, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Basically Beethoven series, the Abiquiu Chamber Music series and the Blanco Performing Arts series. While a member of the Texas-based Hall Ensemble chamber group, Ms. Pautz toured throughout the southwestern United States to critical acclaim. 

Julia Pautz now happily splits her time between making beautiful music with her colleagues and mothering her busy toddler Jackson.

Xian Zhuo

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Praised for his stunning technique, sensitivity and superb artistry, San Diego Symphony Orchestra cellist Xian Zhuo is a young professional musician whose artistry is recognized by awards and audiences. The winner of the 2011 Isidor Handler Award (1st Prize) at the 38th Dr. Luis Sigall International Cello Competition in Chile, Mr. Zhuo's recent exciting engagements included concertos and master classes in Chile, Brazil, China and the USA. In 2013 he was selected as one of the top ten young Chinese cellists and was featured on a CCTV Concert in Beijing with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Zhuo also had his debut with Guiyang Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Zuohuang Chen in China. He joined the SDSO in 2014.

Mr. Zhuo first gained national recognition when he won 1st prize in the China National Competition. In addition to the Isidor Handler Award, he won 1st prizes in the Corpus Christi International Competition, Loeb/Louviere International Competition, Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition, Parness Young Artists Concerto Competition, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus Young Artists Competition and Fé Bland Foundation Music Awards. Additionally, he was chosen as one of the 25 participants for the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, in 2011. 

The catalog of Mr. Zhuo’s CDs represents works by award-winning Chinese-American composer Tian Zhou, recorded with the Guangzhou Symphony and released by China’s leading label, Pacific Audio and Video. His album String Poetic: Chinese Folk Music for Cello was released in celebration of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. 

Born in Xiamen, China, Mr. Zhuo began cello lessons with his father at age six and made his cello debut at the age of seven. Subsequently, he received professional education at the University of Southern California, Yale University, the Royal Northern College of Music and Shanghai Conservatory on full scholarships. His prominent artist teachers include Ralph Kirshbaum, Nathaniel Rosen, Aldo Parisot, Liwei Qin and Mei-Juan Liu. He also performed at master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, Mstislav Rostropovich, Anner Bylsma, Natalia Gutman, Trüls Mørk and Jian Wang. His goal is to share the beautiful musical fabric that he creates with audiences throughout the world. 

"An extraordinarily talented young international artist of great originality and technique…breathtaking, soulful and individualistic performances…Stunning technical command of the instrument, and his artistry is both sensitive and passionate.”
-Nathaniel Rosen, Concert Cellist, Gold Medalist of the International Tchaikovsky Competition

Tina Chong


Hailed as a “paradigm of lyricism” by the Charleston Gazette, pianist Tina Chong has established herself as an up and coming young artist in North America. After her orchestral debut at the age of nine, Tina has appeared as a guest soloist numerous times with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico, including the Calgary Philharmonic, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Tina’s recital career has brought her to such venues as the Sala Chopin in Mexico City, the Sheldon Center in St. Louis, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the National Arts Centre and Rideau Hall in Ottawa. She’s been recently featured in the Harbor Music Festival, Lachine Festival, Young Musicians Forum, and the WFMT Series of Chicago. Her performances have been described as “…mature and yet fresh, imbued with tradition and yet inhabited by individuality, the marks of an artist.” (Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times)

Tina captured the “Best Canadian Prize” at the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition. Winner of an impressive number of awards, she is the grand prizewinner of the 2010 CMC International Stepping Stone Competition in Canada and second prizewinner of the 2009 Jacques Klein Piano Competition in Brazil. Other top placements include the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition and the Seneca Chamber Orchestra Competition.

A native of Banff, Canada, Tina began her musical studies at the age of three. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied under the guidance of Angela Cheng. Tina is now pursuing an Artist Diploma and Doctorate of Music degrees at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as a student of Arnaldo Cohen. She is a recipient of the Indiana University Chancellor’s Fellowship and is currently being supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.