Meet Sixteen-Year-Old Richard Xu, an Accomplished Composer, Violinist and Pianist 

Music is a way of life for Richard Xu, an accomplished young musician and composer who is assistant principal of San Diego Youth Symphony’s symphony orchestra and first violin in Philharmonia. He has won numerous awards as a violinist and is a member of the American High School Honors Orchestra. It is with this group that Richard played at Carnegie Hall two years in a row and has been invited back for a third performance in 2014. “I have been studying violin for five and a half years and piano for six years, but my biggest interest is composing music. I composed my first piece of music after playing a game I enjoyed and wondered what it would be like if I could set my own music to it. It was a very rewarding experience, and I’ve continued composing in various genres and styles,” stated Richard. He has written over forty orchestral pieces so far and two of his pieces have been performed by different local orchestras.

Richard also enjoys imparting his musical knowledge and passion with the local community. “In the summer of ninth grade, I volunteered to teach violin and keyboard to children in the Scripps Ranch area. I was able to meet many parents and children who were warm and supportive and shared a love of music,” related Richard. He and his family have lived in Scripps Ranch for nearly a decade, and Richard loves the small-town feel and friendliness of the area.

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As a student at Scripps Ranch High School, Richard’s favorite subject is computer science. “I enjoy programming and collaborating with my friends,” explained Richard. He is also the president and founder of the Stock Market Club. He started the club as a way for students to gather together and learn more about economics and investing. In addition, Richard enjoys playing chess and throughout the years has won several trophies in chess tournaments.

Looking to the future, Richard is undecided about his career path, but knows that whatever he chooses to do, music will play a large role in his life. “Someday I want to have my own studio where I can work on my music,” revealed Richard. And there is no doubt that Richard will continue to shine as he pursues his future endeavors.

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Name: Richard Xu (16)
School: Scripps Ranch High School
Parents: Hongwei Xu & Sharon Li
Siblings: Julia Xu (23)

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