Julia Mermelstein

ICOT 2020 Call for Scores Winner

So excited to have my piano miniature IMPRINT performed by an amazing lineup of pianists, Wesley Shen, Megan Thibeault, and Adam Sherkin on July 28, 29, 30!

More details about the live performances can be found here.

"IMPRINT" Featured on Francesca Hurst's Daily Dose of Piano Series

Excited to have had pianist Francesca Hurst perform my piano minature IMPRINT on her Daily Dose of Piano Series!

Honorable Mention in Duo Axis’ Commission Prize

Thrilled to have been an honorable mention in Duo Axis' 2019-20 Commission Prize for my piece Sunder!

“To us, Sunder was thoughtful and poised music; it has great craft when it comes to using resonance, and its sparse sounds are always placed just so—giving a sense of weight and depth that can be so rare for flute and piano music.” — Duo Axis

What Brings You In Today March Workshop

Before COVID was in full effect, we held our first workshop to begin to piece together Leslie Ting’s inter-arts production, "What Brings You In Today." I had been working on this piece on my own with occasional rehearsals with Leslie, but this was the chance for all involved collaborators to see how each of our parts would fit together. It was also the chance to begin working on the electronics spatialization across six speakers with sound designers Deanna Choi and William Fallon. This piece has been the first where I’ve ventured out of stereo diffused electronics, so this was super exciting to dive into.

It was an amazing packed week of exploration, discovery, and critique with the whole team, such an inspiring group of artists to be collaborating with. There are some pretty cool things in store for the project moving forward and can’t wait to share more about it.

Guest Artist on Lexical Tones Podcast

Super excited to have been featured on the Lexical Tones Podcast: a weekly conversation between host (and ADJ•ective New Music Composers' Collective Member) Rob McClure and a guest artist, concerning aspects of their work, life, and contemporary creativity. I had a wonderful time chatting with Rob about my music.

You can check out the full podcast episode here

What Brings You In Today Rehearsals

Started putting together the electronics yesterday with Leslie Ting for a new piece I composed for Leslie's inter-arts work "What Brings You In Today." A huge thank you to the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario for supporting the creation of this piece and the Canadian Music Centre for hosting us!

WNMF 2020 Composers Institute

This past week at the Winnipeg New Music Festival's Composers Institute has been an amazing experience! I’ve met and gotten to know such wonderful people throughout the festival, attend inspiring concerts, rehearsals, and masterclasses with composers Sarah Kirkland Snider, Michael Daugherty, Jared Miller, and Harry Stafylakis. A big thank you to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Julian Pellicano for such a beautiful performance of my piece “in turn” on Monday along with works by Matthew-John Knights, Liam Ross Gibson, Mackenzie Carroll, Matthew Emery, and Simon Grégorcic, it has been a really special week!

Photograph by Matt Duboff

2020 Open Waters Festival with Barbara Pritchard

After my 2018 collaboration with Barbara Pritchard, she asked me whether I'd like to contribute a 1-minute piano solo to her Variations Project: a collection of over 60 Canadian works that has spanned 28 years. In November, I finally had the opportunity to write this piece, resulting in my miniature Imprint. I had the chance to have a little rehearsal over the holidays with Barbara before she premieres it at the Open Waters Festival in Halifax on January 4! She'll be performing a selection of up to 35 solos from over the years.

2020 Winnipeg New Music Festival Premiere and Composers Institute

I'm thrilled to be participating in this years WNMF 2020 Composers Institute where my piece in turn (my first work for orchestra!) will be premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Winnipeg New Music Festival at the end of January!! I'm so excited for this opportunity to get to work with the WSO and Associate Conductor Julian Pellicano and very thankful to have been able to develop the piece since last year's Toronto Symphony Orchestra Reading Session.

New inter-arts collaboration

I've been working on a new solo violin and electronics piece for Leslie Ting's new inter-arts performance work, What Brings You In Today that explores how we need each other to know ourselves better. The work includes performers Leslie, Germaine Liu, video artist Elysha Poirier, co-sound designers William Fallon, Deanna Choi, lighting designer Patrick Lavender and music by Linda Catlin Smith and another commissioned piece by Rose Bolton. I'm particularly excited to be able to work with surround sound for this piece and to explore multi-speaker diffusion (which will be a first for me!). I'm really looking forward to our first workshops in early March 2020.

In the meantime, Leslie is raising funds through a Kickstarter Campaign. Please consider supporting this amazing project!!

Inner Forms Premiere

Composing this piece inner forms for solo violin, electronics, and movement for Ilana Waniuk has been a really meaningful project and collaboration. This piece has become an important work for me, diving deeper into choreographing musicians and using movement within my music. Can't wait to premiere it at Ilana's solo concert, Filament, this coming Thursday at Arraymusic in Toronto!

US Premiere of Shift with North/South Chamber Orchestra

I'm traveling to NYC tomorrow for attending the US premiere of my piece Shift that will be performed by North/South Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Max Liftchitz on Tues., June 18 at 8pm at Christ and Saint Stephen's Church in NYC! I wrote this piece back in 2016, originally composed for Ensemble Arkea in Montréal. It hasn't had the opportunity to be performed since so I'm really looking forward to this concert!

Upcoming conert with La Fiammata Piano Duo

I've been working on a new piece, density swells upclose in breath for La Fiammata Piano Duo this year and will be premiered on May 31st at Mazzoleni Hall in Toronto! It's been such a wonderful experience getting to work closely with Linda and Charissa in composing this piece for them and can't wait to present it next week! This piece was supported by a Commissioning Grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

Emergents IV with Din of Shadows

My new work for marimba duo, sandpaper, and electronics, out of grains, within clouds was premiered last week on May 3rd at the Music Gallery a part of Din of Shadows with choreography by Angela Blumberg, dancer Ming-Bo Lam, and percussionists Jonny Smith and Louis Pino. It was such an amazing concert to be a part of and to collaborate with these amazing people!

Explore the Score with the TSO

Next Saturday, January 12, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be premiering my piece, in turn, as part of their Explore the Score session conducted by Gary Kulesha. My piece was one of five chosen from other emerging composers across Canada, including Sean Clarke (Ottawa), Keiko Devaux (Montreal), Kathryn Knowles (Toronto), and Scott Ross-Molyneux (Calgary). What's exciting about this opportunity is that we get the chance to have a roundtable discussion with the conductor, representatives from the orchestra, as well as TSO Affiliate Composer, Emilie Lebel, to get direct feedback about our pieces. I'm really looking forward to participating in this next week!

New recording of XIV

I'm excited to share a new recording of my piece XIV for voice and live electronics, performed by Clarisse Tonigussi!

Recording Session

Had a little recording session today of my voice and electronics piece, “XIV” with the amazing Clarisse Tonigussi!

The recording will be posted soon. In the meantime, you can check out our recent performance of the piece earlier in October.

New Projects Underway for 2019

It's been a busy month of performances! Just wrapped up the last of three concerts where my new work Only Edges was performed by Barbara Pritchard in Halifax, Regina, and Toronto.

I'm now onto the next few projects that will be presented in late spring 2019. I'm starting to write a new piece for two marimbas, electronics, and dancers to be presented with Din of Shadows in May at The Music Gallery. I'm thrilled to be collaborating again with choreographer/dancer Angela Blumberg and to be composing for Taktus Duo.

I'll also be composing a new work for two pianos, commissioned by La Fiammata Piano Duo with support from a commissioning grant from the Ontario Arts Council. This piece will be performed at the end of May in Toronto. Lots of exciting composing ahead!

Premiere of new work for solo piano with Barbara Pritchard

I'm back in Halifax for a special concert coming up this Thursday Oct.11th at the Music Room! Barbara Pritchard will be premiering my piece Only Edges for solo piano and fixed electronics alongside great works by Rose Bolton, Emily Doolittle, and Jeffrey Ryan, a concert not to be missed!!

For friends in Toronto, it will be performed at the Canadian Music Centre on Mon. Oct.15th at 7pm.

I'm very thankful for receiving a commissioning grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to support the creation of this work. It has been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Barbara on this new piece and really looking forward to sharing it!

Performance of XIV with the Canadian Women Composers Project

I'm excited to be a part of the Canadian Women Composers Project concert, Seeing Sound: Where Music and Visual Art Meet, this Saturday October 6th!! Clarisse Tonigussi and I will perform my piece XIV with some live electronics and works by Katerina Gimon, Maria Eduarda Martins, Carmen Braden, Nova Pon, Marla Kishimoto, and Rebekah Cummings. Check it out if you can!

Workshop Session in Ottawa

I've been spending the last couple days in Ottawa workshopping a new collaborative dance piece with choreographer/dancer Sarah Hopkin for interactive electronics, three dancers, and projections to be performed in Ottawa with the Movement Gallery in November, 2018. It's been an intense and inspiring couple of days solidifying our ideas and adjusting and tweaking the tech.

Din of Shadows II Concert

THIS SATURDAY is the premiere of my multi-disciplinary piece, drifting, vividly for mixed quartet, electronics, and dancers with Din of Shadows! Performed by the amazing Olivia Shortt, Emilie Gelinas-Noble, Jonny Smith, Markéta Ornova and choreographer/dancer Angela Blumberg and Ming-Bo Lam. Can’t wait to share this piece alongside a theatrical new work by Quinn Jacobs.

Din of Shadows II Rehearsal Footage

Here's some rehearsal footage for my new piece drifting, vividly to be premiered on May 5th!

(Rehearsal of Angela Blumberg and Ming-Bo Lam)

Choreography session with musicians: Emilie Gelinas-Noble, Olivia Shortt, and Jonny Smith.

Musicworks'2017 Electronic Music Competition

I'm really happy to hear that my piece wonted II-III has placed third in Musicworks' 2017 International Electronic Music Competition! So thankful for being selected amongst these amazing artists.

Catch the acousmatic performance of the whole work at the Spark to Stone Concert co-presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the Association of Canadian Women Composers in Toronto on March 24 at 7:30pm at Array Space. Other featured composers include new works by Amy Brandon, Sarah Belle Reid, Ivana Jokic, Bekah Simms, and Toronto premieres of pieces by Hope Lee and Lesley Hinger. It's going to be an amazing concert that's not to be missed!!

Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra's 2018 Young Composers Competition

I'm really excited to announce that my new orchestral work, in turn, has won 2nd place in the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra's 2018 Young Composers Competition. Many thanks to the orchestra for this wonderful opportunity and to the judges: Gary Kulesha, Sabatino Vacca, and Dr. Mark Whale.

New Year, New Projects


It's been a busy start to the new year so far! I recently finished a piece, through shade light moves, written for the Winds of the Scarborough Philharmonic a part of their Composer Project through the Canadian Music Centre. The piece will be workshopped on January 25th, 2018 at the SPO Reading Session.

I'm also thrilled to be working on two new works: a piece for flute, piano, and electronics for Amanda Lowry and Jason White to be premiered in April in Waterloo and an interdisciplinary work involving four musicians and two dancers for Din of Shadow's second show this season in May in Toronto

Premiere at Singles Vol.3 with Caution Tape Sound Collective


I’m so excited for Caution Tape Sound Collective‘s Singles Vol. 3 concert this Saturday featuring amazing performers Evan Bowen and Jonathan MacArthur! My piece “Woven, Still” for multi-percussion and electronics will be premiered with 5 wonderful new works by Bekah Ann Simms, August Murphy-King, Janet Sit, Patrick Arteaga, and Tyler Versluis. A show not to be missed!

A big thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for awarding a commissioning grant for this composition.


Featured on Puslar CISM 89.3 FM

Thrilled to have my music featured on this week’s show on Pulsar CISM presented by Alexandre David with works by composers Meng Wang and Lasse Thoresen.

Here’s the archived link in case you missed it: http://cism893.ca/emissions/pulsar 

New Electronic Work

We had our last EQ session last week and what an inspiring 5 months it’s been! I’ve met such a great group of artists and learned so much about how to approach electronics in my compositional practice from Rose Bolton and the other participants. I hope this program continues on to keep building a foundation for women in electronics.

Throughout the workshop, I’ve been composing a series of electronic pieces that are finally finished! This has been new territory for me, composing solely in this medium and it’s been an eye- opening process from start to finish. Check out my new piece wonted below: