Named 2017 “Honored Artist” by the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and 2nd place winner of the 2017 Ellis National Duo Piano Competition (with her duo partner Valentin Bogdan) pianist Julia Mortyakova is originally from Moscow, Russia. She has given solo recitals throughout the United States as well as in Italy, Russia, and Ukraine. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and as a featured performer in music festivals including: Assisi Performing Arts (Italy), Clayton Piano Festival, Musica Nueva Malaga (Spain), Zhytomyr’s Musical Spring (Ukraine), Natchez Festival of Music and Women Composers Festival of Hartford.
Julia is a 2014 laureate of The American Prize international competition, receiving special recognition, a Judges’ Citation for her performance and “Championing the music of Cecile Chaminade.” She was also the 2012 winner of the Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant and performed at the 2012 SAI National Convention in Atlanta, GA.
The 2013 concert season included solo recitals throughout the southeastern United States, Italy, and concerto soloist appearances with the Assisi Festival Orchestra (Italy) and the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra. The 2014 season included concerto soloist appearances with the Assisi Festival Orchestra (Italy), the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra and the TSU Symphony Orchestra as well as performing solo recitals throughout the country, including being one of the featured artists of the Clayton Piano Festival, NC. The 2015 concert season included solo recitals in Italy and the United States and soloist appearances with the Assisi Performing Arts (Italy) and Starkville Symphony Orchestras. The 2016 and 2017 seasons include encore concerto soloist appearances with the Assisi Performing Arts (Italy) and the Starkville Symphony Orchestras, as well as solo recitals in Italy and throughout the United States.
Dr. Mortyakova is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Vanderbilt University, New York University, and the University of Miami. Additional study and performances include: Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, and Symphonic Workshops International Piano Masterclass (Bulgaria). Her piano teachers include Irina Krivchenko, Fabio Parrini, Michael Coonrod, Craig Nies, Miyoko Lotto and Rosalina Sackstein.
Dr. Mortyakova currently teaches and serves as Chair of the Department of Music and Associate Professor of Music at the Mississippi University for Women. She previously held a professorship at Alcorn State University. Her research includes applying the existential philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre to piano teaching, and the life and music of Cécile Chaminade. She has presented her research at numerous state, regional, national and international conferences including: College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, Hartford Women Composers Festival Forum, Zhytomyr’s Musical Spring international contemporary music festival and conference (Ukraine), and Internet Governance Forum (Lithuania). Julia is a published author in the United States and Ukraine, and her first independent solo piano album has sold internationally. Equally active in her administrative field, she serves as Vice-Chair of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Region 8 and is an active on-site evaluator on behalf of the NASM commission on accreditation.
Julia recently released a second solo piano album, “A Celebration of Women in Music” featuring music by women composers throughout history. Julia is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Music by Women Festival at MUW, a festival dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women composers historically, as well as in the present day.