You have to start early if you want to make it to the top level as a classical pianist. Julia started earlier than most, being under the guidance of her mother, Lidia Mustonen, from the age of 3.
Born in Siberia in 1976, she soon made an impression domestically, and regularly played concerts from an early age. She soon started touring and has played extensively both in Russia, Scandinavia and Central Europe as a soloist with numerous orchestras.
She’s learned her trade at Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki and Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. Her “Akademischer Grad Diplom-Pianist” she did in Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. She continued her postgraduation studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Musik (Dublin), in Granados-Marshall Academy (Barcelona) and since 2005 in Stockholm Royal Academy of Music.
In the year 2001 she performed the Russian debut of Einar Englund´s “Piano Concerto no 1” with Krasnoyarsk Philarmonic Orchestra. 2006-2007 was spent performing Complete Works by Debussy in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The Debussy performances will be recorded in Leipzig on the Bluethner label in 2011.
Julia is not a stranger to piano competitions; she has claimed top prizes at several domestic and international competitions. In 2004 she was the winner of Nordic Bluethner Piano Competition, where she was awarded new Bluethner Grand Piano model 6 , and in 2006 she made it to the top 4 in the “World Piano Masters of Monte Carlo” competition.
She was also awarded by Kordelini Foundation (2002 and 2006), Jenny ja Antti Wihuri Foundation (2001 and 2003) and Culture Foundation in Finland (2005 and 2010), Anders Wall Foundation in Sweden and Swedish Music Academy in 2008 and 2009.