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Julie Barwick (b. 1983), is a composer and pianist originally from Southern California and now based in San Francisco. Drawing inspiration from her classical and jazz background, she not only enjoys writing for traditional chamber music ensembles, but also non-traditional ensembles as well as experimental jazz groups.

Julie was most recently Composer-in-Residence for Elevate Ensemble and was commissioned to write two pieces for their 2017-18 season. She was also a winner of the 2016 Areon International Composition Competition. Other recent commissions were from Hot Air Music FestivalSan Francisco Guitar QuartetSiroko Duo, Carla Fabris, Jill Morgan Brenner, Andronica Trio, and Ignition Duo with the Guerrilla Composers Guild. Her music has been performed throughout the Bay Area and US, and has been selected for performances on festivals such as West Fork New Music Festival in West Virginia, and the Verdant Vibes Concert Series in Rhode Island.

As co-founder of Helia Music Collective, she believes strongly in supporting women in music especially through collaborations with Bay Area ensembles and composers. Helia most recently had their second collaboration with Liaison Ensemble, and is currently in preparations for another collaboration with Curium Trio to take place in Fall 2019.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005 and has studied with composers Belinda Reynolds, Dan Becker, David Garner, Cindy Cox, and Henry Threadgill. She has also studied piano with Michael Seth Orland, Deno Gianopoulos, and Robert Schwartz. Upon graduation from UC Berkeley, she studied piano with Adam Wibrowski at the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz in Paris. She received her Master of Music in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Julie is also passionate about teaching piano to students of all ages and maintains a full teaching studio in San Francisco. She is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) where she has also served on the board of directors and been the Certificate of Merit Program Chair.