LUCIA NOWIK 23, born in North Plainfield, New Jersey, started studying violin at the age of four, because she wanted to copy her older sisters who also played the instrument. In high school, Ms. Nowik studied with YouSun Kim and was a two-time recipient of the Bergen Foundation Scholarship grand prize. Ms. Nowik earned her bachelor's degree in 2016 from The Juilliard School, studying under Stephen Clapp and Masao Kawasak. Lucia Nowik was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow in both 2013 and 2014 and attended the Spoleto Festival USA in 2014. In 2015, Ms. Nowik participated in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestral Academy, held annually in northern Germany. Ms. Nowik is currently a master’s degree student at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler. This is her first summer at the Music Academy.