Finishing the season on Sunday, June 4, violinist Julia Pautz returns with fellow San Diego musicians violist Ethan Pernela, cellist Joanna Morrison Pernela, and flutist Pam Martchev. Julia's concert here with a quartet in 2010 was the impetus to form Blanco Performing Arts. A consistent audience favorite for Blanco Performing Arts, she has been hailed as a "genuine virtuoso" by the Dallas Morning News.
Recently called "a genuine virtuoso" by the Dallas Morning News, Julia Pautz has been a member of the San Diego Symphony 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 Art of Élan along with numerous other San Diego based chamber series. She also performed on the inaugural season of Nation Public Radio's From the Top. As a founding member of the Texas-based Hall Ensemble chamber group, Ms. Pautz toured throughout the southwestern United States to critical acclaim and helped develop and present innovative early music education concerts to young audiences across Texas.
Julia now splits her time between musical pursuits and, alongside her husband Geoffrey, rearing her rambunctious one year old son Jackson.
A native of Oregon, Ethan Pernela joined the viola section of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in spring of 2015. Ethan completed his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Graduate Diploma with honors at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with James Dunham and Martha Strongin Katz.
After receiving a fellowship to the New World Symphony in 2007, Mr. Pernela won a viola position in the Honolulu Symphony under the baton of Andreas Delfs. Prior to his move to Honolulu, he performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, Portland Symphony, World Symphony Orchestra of Korea, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Verbier Chamber Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, where he served as principal violist. Ethan also performed in festivals including Yellow Barn, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall, Musicorda and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Orchestral concert tours have taken Ethan to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore as well as much of Europe and the United States, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, David Zinman, Manfred Honeck and Michael Tilson Thomas.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Pernela has been a member of Chamber Music Hawaii’s Galliard String Quartet as well as the Ebb and Flow Arts modern ensemble. He has collaborated with artists including Donald Weilerstein, Jon Kimura Parker, Chee-Yun Kim, Joyce Yang, Natasha Brofsky and the Borromeo String Quartet. His passion for chamber music comes from his work with Eric Rosenblith and Raphael Hillyer at New England Conservatory, where his quartet was accepted into the Honors Ensemble Program.
A native of Orlando, Florida, Joanna Morrison completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees at Boston University studying under Leslie Parnas and George Neikrug. In 2007, Joanna won a position in the Honolulu Symphony and served as principal cello of the Hawaii Symphony from 2012-2015. Concert tours have taken Joanna to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea as well as much of Europe and the United States performing under conductors including Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck. An avid chamber player, Joanna has collaborated with artists including Jon Kimura Parker, Chee-Yun Kim, Joyce Yang and Thomas Sauer and has studied under members of the Guarneri and Julliard Quartets. While in Hawaii, Joanna was a member of Chamber Music Hawaii’s Galliard String Quartet and the Ebb and Flow Arts modern ensemble. Joanna has received fellowships to summer festivals around the world including Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, AIMS in Graz, Austria, International Festival Institute at Round Top, Blossom Music Festival, Cascade Music Festival and Verbier Festival where she served as principal cellist for the world tour with Charles Dutoit and Martha Argerich. In recent summers Joanna has been on faculty at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and participated in the Britt Festival in Oregon. Joanna resides in San Diego with her husband, violist, Ethan Pernela, their daughter, Zoe, and two dogs, Mochi and Riley.
Pam Vliek Martchev served as principal flute with the Boulder Philharmonic in Colorado for 10 seasons, and has played with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, Pacific, Mainly Mozart, Riverside, and Pasadena Symphonies. A lover of chamber music, she has been featured on series such as Jacaranda, Dilijan, Le Salon de Musique, NY Flute Club, Luscious Noise, PIE, Bruman at UCLA, La Jolla Summerfest, Sundays Live, Mainly Mozart, Unbound Chamber Music Festival in Mammoth, Art of Elan, and Hear Now. Of her performance of the Poulenc Sonata, a 2012 LA Times review noted “....You could almost feel her breath transformed into music….” She can be heard on many commercials, movie soundtracks, and CDs of Billy Childs, Chris Botti, and the Divan Consort. She has performed on the Jay Leno and Ellen shows, has played with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, and you can see her in the Andrea Bocelli 2009 PBS Christmas Special, the Mariah Carey 2010 Christmas Special, and the movie The Soloist with the LA Phil.
Ms. Vliek Martchev went to Manhattan School of Music for their pre-college program and her Bachelor of Music. She is very thankful for her NY public school music education, which culminated in winning many prizes, and soloing with the Long Island Philharmonic and other LI orchestras. Her primary teachers were Harold Jones, Kathleen Nester, and Linda Chesis. She has been a guest teacher at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC); University of Oregon, Eugene; and Manhattan School of Music. Her students have auditioned successfully for conservatory degrees across the country, CA All-Southern and All-State ensembles, and National Flute Association scholarships. She is currently a Haynes Ambassador Clinician, and is the flute teacher at San Diego State University, Pt. Loma Nazarene University, and University of San Diego.
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