About the Teacher

Photo by  Kersh Branz

Photo by Kersh Branz

Originally from Southern California, Julie Barwick now lives and works in San Francisco as a pianist, composer, and teacher. She began studying piano at the age of 7 and in high school was accepted to the Coronado School of the Arts, where she specialized in piano performance. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005 and has studied piano with Irina Fisher, Michael Seth Orland, Deno Gianopoulos, and Robert Schwartz. She has also studied with composers Dan Becker, David Garner, Belinda Reynolds, Cindy Cox, and Henry Threadgill. Upon graduation from UC Berkeley, she moved to Paris to study piano with Adam Wibrowski at the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz in Paris. In 2015, Julie received her Master of Music in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

As a teacher, she is an active member of the MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) where she has also served on the board of directors and has been the Certificate of Merit Branch Chair for San Francisco. In addition to teaching, she works as an accompanist for instrumentalists and vocalists.

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. Julie was most recently Composer-in-Residence for Elevate Ensemble and was commissioned to write two pieces for their 2017-18 season. She was also a winner of the 2016 Areon International Composition Competition. Other recent commissions were from Hot Air Music FestivalSan Francisco Guitar QuartetSiroko 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 a co-founder of Helia Music Collective along with composer Emma Logan, she believes strongly in supporting the creative endeavors of women in music throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Helia Music Collective has collaborated and produced concerts with Siroko Duo and Liaison Baroque Ensemble, and is currently in preparations for another collaboration to take place in Fall 2019.

You can learn more about her compositions by visiting juliebarwick.com.

Performing my composition, May Wind, written for mezzo-soprano voice and piano.