A native of the Republic of Moldova, Aurelia Duca began the violin at age seven. She has taken First Prize in the Cornelia Bronzetti violin competition and the International Violin Competition of Brasov. Ms. Duca was the Grand Prize winner at the Paul Constantinescu International Competition in Romania. She was awarded the Mayor’s Scholarship of Chisinau, Moldova and the prestigious scholarship from the Foundation of Beneficence. Ms. Duca has performed in solo engagements with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Chisinau and the National Youth Orchestra in Holland and studied at the A. Casella Conservatory in l’Aquilla, Italy and Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome, Italy. She has participated in the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, the St. Augustine Music Festival in St. Augustine, Florida and Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California. In 2006, Ms. Duca joined the violin section of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and is currently the Acting Assistant Principal Second Violin.