Julia Mermelstein

Julia Mermelstein
49 Park St., unit 3 Kitchener ON N2G 1M4
email: julia.mermelstein[at]gmail[dot]com
website: http://juliamermelstein.com/
Twitter: Julia Mermelstein @juliamerms

Julia Mermelstein (b.1991) is a composer, pianist, and educator living in Kitchener, Ontario, originally from Halifax. Her music deals with sound textures and subtle changes in timbre, working with acoustic instruments as well as exploring electronics. Julia’s compositions focus on capturing moments and states of mind that people experience but might overlook due to today’s fast paced world. 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 performed by 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 Arraymusic YCW, Montréal Contemporary Music Lab, New Voices Festival, and Open Ears Festival. Julia was one of five finalists chosen in 4e édition du concours Accès Arkea. She recently finished a commission for Blue Rider Ensemble to be premiered in 2017.

She has 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 Mermelstein is the founder of and teacher at Windup Music. She has 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. Her work is focused on inspiring children to explore writing music from a young age.

Julia received a B.F.A specializing in Music Composition under Dr. Georges Dimitrov and piano performance under Yaron Ross at Concordia University, Montréal in 2013. She has continued her composition studies privately with Linda Catlin Smith, Brian Harman, and Juliet Palmer.


All scores available with composer. For full list of works with audio and video visit: http:// juliamermelstein.com/compositions/

Chamber Music

without ground (2016)
for flute, cello, and percussion; 12’
commissioned and to be performed by Blue Rider Ensemble in 2017.

Impressioned (2016)
for clarinet, violin, percussion, and piano; 14’
composed for and premiered by Arraymusic Ensemble on May 28, 2016 at Arraymusic, Toronto

Cycle Scope (2015)
for mixed ensemble and soprano (fl, cl, perc, pno, sop, vln, db); 8’
composed for and premiered by Toy Piano Composers Ensemble on November 21, 2015 at Music Gallery, Toronto

Cosmosis (2015)
for string quartet; 7’
composed for and premiered by Quatuor Bozzini on September 2, 2015 at Jeuness Musicale, Montreal

Echoes of Illumina (2015)
for string quartet; 20’
commissioned and performed by Windermere String Quartet premiered on March 29, 2015 at St. Olaves Church, Toronto

unform (2014)
for melodica, toy piano, and piano; 4’30”


Fear of Falling (into the unknown) (2015)
for solo electric guitar; 10’
composed for and premiered by Jacob Wies on June 21, 2015 at Conservatoire de musique de Montreal

Within and Without (2014)
for solo piano and electronics; 4’30”

Sonata for Solo Violin (2012)
for solo violin; 12’30”
commissioned by John Bogardus of the Halifax Music Co-operative
premiered by Markos Maniakas on May 11, 2013 at D.B. Clark Theatre, Montréal

Music for Dance

RE:connect (2016)
for baritone saxophone and electronics; 13’
commissioned by Sarah Hopkin for her choreographic work. premiered on May 1, 2016 at Dancemakers Theatre, Toronto funded by Toronto Arts Council

RELFEXtion (2015)
for mixed ensemble (fl, bn, gl, vib, perc, pno, vln, vla); 13’30”
commissioned by Sarah Hopkin for her choreographic work.
premiered on March 15, 2015 at Winchester Theatre with Nostos Dance Collectives, Toronto

Water Is the Stranger Here (2014)
for violin, cello, piano, and voice; 11’30”
commissioned by Sarah Hopkin for her choreographic work
premiered on March 29, 2014 at New Voices Festival, Ryerson Theatre, Toronto

SHAPED (2013)
for string quartet; 12’23”
choreographic work by Julia Mermelstein and Sheena Bernett premiered on May 10, 2013 at D.B. Clark Theatre, Montréal


Shift (2016)
for string orchestra; 7’
composed for and premiered by Ensemble Arkea on January 28, 2016 at Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal; finalist in their 4th composition competition

Being Here (2012)
for orchestra; 7’
premiered by Orchestra Symphonique de L’Isle on November 28, 2012 at Conseil des arts, Montréal