Julia Mermelstein

Julia Mermelstein is a Toronto-based composer, pianist, and educator originally from Halifax. Her music deals with sound textures and subtle changes in timbre that reveal a sense of duality. She is interested in creating seamless interactions between acoustic and electronic sound worlds. Julia’s compositions focus on capturing moments and states of mind that people experience but might overlook due to today’s fast-paced world, drawing inspiration from Buddhist philosophy. She has always had a strong fascination with music’s role in dance due to her long involvement and training in ballet. She’s curious about how music effects movement and the way they can interact.

Julia’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by Blue Rider, Caution Tape Sound Collective, The Array Ensemble, Ensemble Arkea, Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, Nostos Dance Collectives, Windermere String Quartet, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Quatrix, Orchestre Symphonique de l’Isle and presented at The Movement Gallery, Open Ears Festival, Festival of Original Theatre, Arraymusic YCW, Montréal Contemporary Music Lab, and New Voices Festival. Julia is currently a finalist in Symphony No.1’s Composition Competition and was one of five finalists chosen in 4e édition du concours Accès Arkea.

Julia 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).

Julia 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.