Ventura Music Festival
Performance Archives

Rising Stars:
Julia Zhu and David Huang

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
1338 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA

Every year the festival presents the Ventura debut of two young Southern California classical artists just beginning their professional careers. This season’s rising stars are Julia Zhu (violin) and David Huang (piano).

Julia Zhu
Julia Zhu, violin & piano
Praeludium and Allegro Fritz Kreisler
1875 - 1962
Fantasia Appassionata, Op. 35 Henri Vieuxtemps
1820 - 1881
Cantabile Niccolo Paganini
1782 - 1840
Caprice Basque, Op. 24 Pablo de Sarasate
1844 - 1908
Tzigane Maurice Ravel
1875 - 1937

Fourteen-year-old Julia Zhu started piano lessons when she was five. At six, she dreamed of becoming a violinist, feeling the instrument sounded closest to the human voice. Julia started violin lessons at seven, and currently studies with Hernan Constantino in San Diego. She has taken part in master classes of Augustin Hadelich and Mimi Zweig. Julia has received numerous awards in string competitions and is the 1st place winner in the 2011 Helen B. Goodlin Scholarship Competition, Junior Division. Her performances have been broadcast on XLNC1 104.9FM in the San Diego/Baja California region.

Julia is Assistant Concertmaster of San Diego Young Artists Symphony, and has played in the 1st violin section of the San Diego Symphony’s Side-by-Side concert. Julia contributes her musical talents to her local community, performing hundreds of hours each year at retirement homes and assisted living centers in San Diego.


David Huang
David Huang, piano
Piano Sonata No. 26, Op. 81a “Farewell” Ludwig van Beethoven
1770 - 1827
Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 Frederick Chopin
1810 - 1849
Etudes for Piano, No. 10
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”
Gyorgy Ligeti
1923 - 2006
Caprice Basque, Op. 24 Pablo de Sarasate
1844 - 1908
Twelve Etudes, Op. 25, No. 12 Frederick Chopin
1810 - 1849

David Huang is a sophomore at Westlake High School. At age 7, he began his piano studies with Yi-Jin Hsu. In sixth grade he became a student of Edward Francis. In 2008, David won a Fe Bland Foundation Scholarship from the Santa Barbara Foundation, and a 1st place scholarship in the International Classical Music Contest from the Reverie Youth Symphony Orchestra. David has been recommended for Honors Festivals each year of the California State Certificate of Merit syllabus examinations. He has successfully earned many gold medals as winner at the MTAC Conejo Valley Branch Contemporary Music Festival, has won at the So. Cal Jr. Bach Festivals, as well as the YouTube Festimantic! competition. He has been a guest soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic twice—once as winner of the MTAC Concerto Competition and also as an invited soloist in highly competitive auditions.

David will appear with the T.O. Philharmonic during the 2013 season in a performance of the Prokofieff First Piano Concerto. He was a laureate in the CAPMT Los Angeles Romantic/Impressionistic Festival and received recognition in the MTAC State Solo and Concerto Competition. He has also participated in JCM, an advanced chamber music program, and was rehearsal and performance pianist for the musical Chicago during a summer production for the Young Artists Ensemble. He was first prize winner of the American Protégé Music Competition based in New York, and performed at Carnegie Hall in the winners’ recital in December of 2012. He is a current participant in the Hammered! Master Class Honors Seminar. In addition to piano, he has played the violin since 2007. He won first place in Division XX at the Annual Southwestern Youth Music Festival in 2009. David currently plays violin in the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra.

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