Bio

Julia Mermelstein(b.1991) I’m a Kitchener-based composer and educator, originally from Halifax. My music deals with sound textures and subtle changes in timbre, working with acoustic instruments as well as exploring electronics. My compositions focus on capturing moments or states of mind that people experience but might overlook due to today’s fast paced world. I’ve always had a strong fascination with music’s role in dance due to my long involvement and training in ballet. I’m curious about how music effects movement and the way they can interact.

My compositions have been performed by The Array Ensemble, Ensemble Arkea, Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, Bozzini String Quartet, Nostos Dance Collectives, Windermere String Quartet, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Orchestre Symphonique de l’Isle and presented at Arraymusic YCW, Montréal Contemporary Music Lab, New Voices Festival, and Open Ears Festival. I’m currently working on a new commission from Blue Rider Ensemble for Fall 2016.

I’ve also been involved in scoring for film, including a feature documentary, “City of the Dead”, and an award winning animation short, “Dents du lait”, which has screened at over 30 international festivals including Montreal World Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Fest, Bradford Animation Fest (UK), and Fantoche/Animatou (Switzerland).

I’ve developed a passion for teaching piano and composition since living in Toronto, which led to establishing my own music studio, Windup Music. I’ve created a unique approach to teaching piano that incorporates improvisation and composition, allowing for students’ own interpretation and creativity to be a strong part of their learning process. My work is focused on inspiring children to explore writing music from a young age.

I received a B.F.A specializing in Music Composition under Dr. Georges Dimitrov and piano performance under Dr. Yaron Ross at Concordia University, Montréal in 2013. Recent composition teachers include Linda Catlin Smith, Brian Harman, and Juliet Palmer.