Julia Grueninger Cox
Principal Second Violin
Julia Grueninger Cox began playing the violin at three years old. At the age of 12, she became a member of the Billings Symphony Orchestra, also winning the BSO’s youth competitions (both junior and senior divisions) in high school. She was also a prizewinner in the youth competitions of Spokane and Missoula.
Julia began her undergraduate studies at UT Austin as a student of Eugene Gratovitch, later finishing her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at the Peabody Institute as a student of Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony. In 1993, Julia was one of five musicians to be selected as the first students in Pinchas Zukerman’s performance program at the Manhattan School of Music. Her private teachers were Mr. Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. Ms. Grueninger Cox graduated with a master's degree from MSM in music performance, as well as the Zukerman performance certificate.
In 1994 As a member of the Tanglewood Fellowship program, Julia led the fellowship orchestra as concertmaster under the direction of Leon Fleisher.
Ms. Grueninger Cox has been a member of the KCOHO since1999 when she joined as a member of the first violin section. Just one year later, Maestro Fricke appointed her to the position of principal second.
Julia and her husband Paul live in Alexandria with their three sweet and hilarious children.