Biography

Described by The New York Concert Review as a performer, who made “great impression in many moments of austere beauty”, Julia Samojlo has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in such venues as The Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Barbican Hall and The Wigmore Hall in London, Tel Aviv Musem of Art, and The Warsaw Philharmonic. After her performance of Chopin’s songs at the Yamaha Centre in London flaneur.me.uk wrote that she “caresses the piano keys bringing out the nuances in the music”. She is currently recording all solo piano and chamber works by Krzysztof Baculewski for the DUX label.

As a concerto soloist her engagements included performances with The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Liebreich, Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś and Łukasz Borowicz. She was invited to record Stefan Kisielewski’s Piano Concerto by The Polish Radio 2 and performed the world premiere of Krzesimir Debski’s “Organismi transcendentali” with The Poznan Philharmonics.

Always seeking opportunities to perform new music and collaborate with composers, Julia has premiered works by Krzysztof Baculewski, Grzegorz Duchnowski, Ed Nesbit, Raymond Yiu, Peter Wiegold and others. She has enjoyed many years of cooperation with The Polish Composers Union- more than 40 of her live performances have been recorded for the library of the association and broadcasted in Polish National Radio 2. In 2014 Pawel Gusnar’s album “Saxophone Varie” which contains “Invitation” by Maria Pokrzywińska, recorded by Pawel and Julia, received the prestigious Fryderyk Award presented by The Polish Phonographic Academy in the category “Best album- chamber music”.

As a dedicated chamber musician, Julia is a member of LoSa Duo with percussionist Leszek Lorent and a cello- piano duo with Karolina Jaroszewska. Since 2006 she has often performed at ”The Warsaw Musical Meetings” Festival and “Composers Portraits” concert cycle organized by The Polish Composers Union. Her other festival appearances included The International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn”, The International Festival “Radio Autumn” in Prague, City of London Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, “Young Songmakers Almanac” directed by Graham Johnson in London.

She is the recipient of many prizes and artistic scholarships including the 1st prize at The International Competition for Young Performers in Athens, The Scholarship of The Prime Minister of Poland, The Scholarship of The Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Julia graduated from The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz where she studied with Tatiana Shebanova. She continued her education with Szábolcs Esztényi and Maja Nosowska at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and developed her skills further with Ronan O’ Hora, Graham Johnson and Pamela Lidiard at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, firstly as a Erasmus scholar and later as a recipient of prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship (2011- 2013). She took part in numerous master classes in New York, London, Oxford, Bergen (Holland) and Israel where she worked under the guidance of such artists as Emanuel Krasovsky, Lee Kum- Sing, Alexander Kobrin, Alon Goldstein, Jerome Rose, Roger Vignoles, Martin Katz.

Julia taught piano at The City University in London (2011- 2012) and at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2011- 2014). She currently lives in Warsaw.