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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.

She was the 2017-18 Composer-in-Residence for Elevate Ensemble and was a winner of the 2016 Areon International Composition Competition. Other recent commissions were from Brass Over Bridges, Hot Air Music Festival, San Francisco Guitar Quartet, Siroko 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 through collaborations with Bay Area ensembles and composers. Helia has produced concerts with Siroko Duo, Liaison Ensemble, Curium Trio, Natalie Raney, and SFCM Clarinet Ensemble led by Jeff Anderle.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, Berkeley and Masters in Music in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has studied with composers Belinda Reynolds, Dan Becker, David Garner, Cindy Cox, and Henry Threadgill and piano with Michael Seth Orland, Adam Wibrowski, and Robert Schwartz.