JOHN XIA

VIOLIN/VIOLA

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John received his bachelor’s degree from Magna Cum Laude and master’s degree with distinction from the Peabody Conservatory, as the recipient of the J.C. van Hulsteyn Award for Violin.  His teachers and mentors have included Herbert Greenberg, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Dmitri Berlinsky, Grand Prize Winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition.  He completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Violin Performance at Michigan State University.

As a chamber musician, John has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the Symphony Center Presents Series.  He was also a member of the chamber orchestra group “International Chamber Soloists”.

John has served as concertmaster for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, MSU Symphony Orchestra and Ad Libitum Chamber Orchestra. An active freelance musician in the Chicago area, he currently performs with the Chicago Opera Theater.

John is a faculty member at the Merit School of Music as well as a guest teacher for the Maine School District in Park Ridge, Illinois.