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San Marcos Music Academy

565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955


565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955



Julian Nguyen

“Thank you for always being patient with me! I always look forward to the next lesson with you.”

Karen T. (Student)

“I really appreciate all the detail you go into when you work on technique and music theory. It’s always fun working on music in lessons no matter how tough it is.”

Madison M. (student)

In 2015, Julian Nguyen earned a Bachelor's of Music in Violin Performance with a Business Minor from Rice University.  He currently studies with Dr. Jonathan Swartz at ASU where he is earning his Masters of Music in Violin Performance. Outside of his studies, Julian devotes his time to his students and his ensembles, giving back to his community through mentorship and performance.

After graduating from Rice, Julian won the title of Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Symphony of Southeast Texas, performing three seasons with them. Additionally, he has performed as a substitute for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, augmenting the violin sections as needed at their home in New Orleans. He taught privately in Pasadena ISD and Clear Creek ISD, worked as a substitute private instructor at the University of Houston Moores School of Music Preparatory Program and Vivaldi Music Academy, and maintained a private studio serving the Houston area before moving to Tempe. Teaching violin brings Julian immense satisfaction, as he knows firsthand the efficacy of the teaching methods passed on to him by his undergraduate professor Kenneth Goldsmith. He strives to unlock the potential of all his students, much in the same way Mr. Goldsmith did for him, shaping them into thoughtful, well-rounded musicians who will be set up for success in today's rapidly shifting classical music scene.

Most recently, Julian has begun experimenting with creating aesthetically tailored performances designed to engage and excite new audiences. In his latest installation, senza suono (2018), he created a hand-painted set and customized lighting effects (performed in real time) to maximize the visual impact of his performance. Julian looks forward to the continued exploration of these and additional stimuli to be paired with his future performances.