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.


Q: What are your favorite three tunes or pieces on your iPod/Mp3 or CD collection? 

A: Anything with retro Motown-esk vocals paired with a funky, modern beat. Aloe Blacc's “Lift Me Up” or Nicole Atkins' “Slow Phaser” are currently on my heavy rotation... 

Q: What is your favorite travel destination? 

A: Hawaii!! Which is convenient since my husband is from the Aloha State and we were married on Maui. I basically like any place with fantastic snorkeling... 

Q: What good book have you read most recently? 

A: Well my Nook is always in my purse. Currently I'm reading my way through Alexander McCall Smith's “44 Scotland Street” series. 

Q: What is your choice for dining in San Diego? 

A: Blue Fin sushi bar in Encinitas - hands down. But Bo Beau in Ocean Beach is great!! 

Q: Where might you be found on a Saturday night if you’re not performing with the Orchestra? 

A: Cooking something fabulous, or at the movies, or if we have the whole weekend free and it's the right time of year maybe skiing!! 

Q: The non-musical accomplishment you are most proud of is…?

A: The Olympic distance triathlon I completed a few years ago: A one mile swim + 24 miles on the bike + six miles running at the end. So very, very proud of myself.