Lucia Kobza received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland, with distinction. Following her mentor Prof. Ida Bieler to the United States, she studied with her at UNCSA and was honored with the UNCSA Graduate Excellence in Performance Award both for her Master’s degree and Professional Artist Certificate. Lucia is currently a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University in New York in the Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) program. She is pursuing a double major in violin and viola performance with Emerson String Quartet’s violinist Philip Setzer and violist Lawrence Dutton. As member of UNCSA’s Giannini String Quartet and participant of UNCSA’s Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, she enjoyed exciting performance opportunities such as playing in master classes at the Lincoln Center in New York and performing with Silk Road Ensemble’s Pipa virtuoso Wu Man. At Stony Brook University Lucia was a member of the Steinem String Quartet, which was honored to be chosen to participate in Philip Setzer’s String Quartet Intensive as well as the Emerson String Quartet Institute. The quartet has had several thrilling performance opportunities, such as premiering Emerson violinist Eugene Drucker’s “Levertov Settings” for string quartet and voice at Carnegie Hall.
Lucia has held orchestral positions as Co-Principal second violin in the Greensboro Symphony, Assistant Concertmaster of the Western Piedmont Symphony and as a member of the Winston Salem Symphony. Lucia was 1st Prize winner of the MANC Competition, NC ASTA Competition, UNCSA Concerto Competition, Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, and was Audience Choice Award Winner in the Rosen-Schaffel Competition 2015. As soloist she had the opportunity to perform with the UNCSA Symphony, Western Piedmont Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Mountains, and is looking forward to her upcoming performance with the Western Piedmont Symphony.
Lucia is not only an avid chamber musician, she is also a dedicated teacher. She served as Prof. Bieler's teaching assistant at UNCSA and also worked as a teaching assistant at Stony Brook University teaching undergraduate violin and chamber music, as well as serving as the violin studio coordinator. While at UNCSA Lucia was very engaged in the community of Winston-Salem, helping out at the Salvation Army's Academy for Music and Arts, teaching at the Community Music School of Winston-Salem, and working as a teaching assistant at the UNCSA summer strings festival in 2015 and 2016. In New York she lead a private studio and taught at the Joyous School of Music.
Lucia currently lives the Bay Area, where she joined the Friction Quartet on viola and recently started teaching at the California State University Stanislaus as Adjunct Professor of viola.