Up and coming celloist Julia Rosenbaum, 16, performed her first solo with a professional orchestra during a series of concerts Nov. 9 to 11 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Rosenbaum, of Potomac, scored her solo after wining the Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Rising Stars Concerto Competition, held in January at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. Her winning piece, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, was featured in four performances. Although performing makes her nervous, she said once she gets into the piece she enjoys it.
“Obviously getting nervous is inevitable, but I just tried to have as much fun as I could,” she said. “I really liked the piece and I worked really hard, so I was really proud when that hard work paid off.”
At the urging of her mother, a violinist, Rosenbaum started playing the cello when she was five years old, and has loved it ever since. Despite a busy junior year at Potomac School in McLean, Va., Rosenbaum practices 2 to 3 hours per day after school, and at least four hours on weekends. She plans to study music in college, and hopes to play professionally.
“I don’t know what else I would be doing if I was not doing music, because I’ve focused on it for my whole life,” she said.