Since he began playing the cello at age 12, Julius Hochmuth has won multiple competitions and been recognized in various other ways. While in high school, he won both the Loveland Young Artist and Youth Orchestra of the Rockies Concerto Competitions. Julius went on to spend a number of years at DU and the Lamont School of Music for undergraduate music studies. During his time at DU, he was awarded an honorable mention in the school-wide concerto competition. After transferring to Colorado State University, he took second place in their 2017 concerto competition. His most important teachers include Richard Slavich and Barbara Thiem, both students who attended IU during Janos Starker’s tenure. Julius is currently a cellist in the Fort Collins Symphony and is also the principal of the CSU symphony.