9. Julia Branden PhotoA Rhode Island native, Julia began playing the violin at the age of five years old. She earned her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the Robert Mcduffie Center for Strings at Mercer University and recently completed her Master of Music at Southern Methodist University. Her primary teachers include Emanuel Borok, David Halen, Amy-Schwarz Moretti, Robert Mcduffie, and David Rubinstein. Julia maintains an active career as a freelance violinist in Dallas, TX.