Teaching Artist (Violin)
In 2015, Julian Nguyen earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with a Business Minor from Rice University. He currently studies with and serves as T.A. for Dr. Jonathan Swartz at ASU where he is earning his DMA in Violin Performance. Outside of his studies, Julian devotes his time to his students and his ensembles, giving back to his community through mentorship and performance.
After graduating from Rice, Julian won the title of Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Symphony of Southeast Texas, performing three seasons with them. Additionally, he has performed as a substitute for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, augmenting the violin sections as needed at their home in New Orleans. He taught privately in Pasadena ISD and Clear Creek ISD, worked as a substitute private instructor at the University of Houston Moores School of Music Preparatory Program and Vivaldi Music Academy, and maintained a private studio serving the Houston area before moving to Tempe, where he continues to pass on his knowledge and experience to his private students, his ASU students, and young artists enrolled in Phoenix Harmony Project and East Valley Youth Symphony programs through guest teaching, masterclasses, and workshops. Teaching violin brings Julian immense satisfaction, as he knows firsthand the efficacy of the teaching methods passed on to him by his undergraduate professor Kenneth Goldsmith and current professor Dr. Jonathan Swartz. He strives to unlock the potential of all his students, much in the same way Mr. Goldsmith and Dr. Swartz have for him, shaping them into thoughtful, well-rounded musicians who will be set up for success in today’s rapidly shifting classical music scene.
Most recently, Julian has been appointed as Concertmaster of Musica Nova Orchestra and looks forward to leading the ensemble’s post-pandemic return. Additionally, Julian is one of four winners of the 2019-2020 ASU Concerto Competition, regularly serves as concertmaster for the ASU Symphony, has performed with his string quartet in masterclasses for Brooklyn Rider, The Brentano String Quartet, and The Borromeo String Quartet, and continues experimenting with creating aesthetically tailored compositions and performances designed to engage and excite new audiences. You can view some of his work and find social media links here: https://linktr.ee/julz9999.