Tian Rulona first began her musical studies — rather reluctantly — at age four in a small piano studio in Sagamihara, Japan. Upon moving to Herndon, Virginia, a later piano teacher gave her tickets to watch a local violinist perform, and, captivated by the way in which the violinist used vibrato to mimic the human voice, Tian decided that she would learn how to play a stringed instrument. It would take a brief fraternization with the viola before finally committing to the violin in her fourth grade strings class.
As a high school student, Tian performed with the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, served as associate and co-concertmaster of her school’s chamber orchestra, and had the privilege of performing with the All-Virginia Orchestra in her freshman, junior, and senior years. In addition, she was honored to serve as concertmaster of the 2013 Summer Residential Virginia Governor’s School’s Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. The summer following her senior year, she participated in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Summit Music Festival in Pleasantville, NY, where she briefly studied with the renowned violinist and pedagogue, Aaron Rosand.
Though torn between the intellectual variety of university life and the rigorous musical immersion of the conservatory, with the guidance of supportive and persistent teachers, Tian accepted an offer from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and began her first year of studies in 2014. As a music student, she delighted in the abundance of rehearsals and specialized classes, but gradually realized that it was not a degree or career in music that she desired, but a lifetime of loving music; a lifetime in which she could continue to unhurriedly grow as a musician. Rachmaninov once said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music” — for Tian, this summed up everything.
Tian now enjoys a wonderfully varied academic life at Mason, with plans to graduate in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a minor in music. Though she is no longer a full-time music student, Tian performs as a section violinist in the Tysons-McLean Orchestra, continues to actively perform in School of Music recitals, and freelances for weddings and church services. She currently studies with June Huang, the School of Music’s Director of Strings; past teachers include Herbert Greenberg, Oleg Rylatko, Julia Sun, and Matt Richardson.
Tian has privately taught elementary and middle school-age students, and in the spring of 2017 was in the first cohort of a new violin pedagogy course, where she and her classmates had many opportunities to practice teaching beginning violin principles to each other. She is excited to join the Academy as a Junior Instructor, and looks forward to sharing the hard work and great rewards that come with learning to play the violin!
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