London-based cellist Julia Morneweg enjoys an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician and artistic curator that regularly sees her perform at prestigious venues and alongside distinguished artists.
The recipient of an EMI Music Foundation Award, she made her London concerto debut in 2006 performing the Elgar Concerto at St John's Smith Square which immediately led to further engagements including a performance of Haydn's C major Concerto with the International Mahler Orchestra at the same venue as well as Elgar with the Ternopol Philharmonic Orchestra in the Ukraine. Other concerto performances have included Lalo in London and Vivaldi in Cologne. As a recitalist she has appeared around the UK, Belgium, Italy, Germany and at venues such as the Purcell Room, Oxford's Holywell Music Rooms, Trieste Opera House, St. Martin in the Fields, the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Charterhouse Festival and the Tacoma International Music Festival, USA. Most recent festival appearances have included the Leamington, Lower Machen, Uckfield and Shipley Arts Festivals. Julia has collaborated with many renowned artists including Shlomo Mintz, Roger Vignoles, Vadim Tsibulevsky, Anna Kandinskaya, Mikhail Bereznitsky, Madeleine Mitchell, Roger Chase, Emanuel Abbühl, Joan Enric Lluna, Kathron Sturrock, and Oleg Poliansky to name a few.
A passionate chamber musician, she spent eleven years performing as the cellist of the Erato Piano Trio, one of the UK’s leading young ensembles which she founded in 2005. After winning the 2006 Anglo-Czech Trust Competition the Trio performed at many important venues across the UK and mainland Europe such as the Purcell Room, Martinu Hall Prague, Zurich's famous Tonhalle, St. David's Hall Cardiff, as well as for the prestigious Pharos Trust series in Nicosia, Cyprus. In 2013 they gave their debut in Asia with an extensive tour across China, performing in major halls in cities such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Xiamen. During 2012/13 they were members of the Making Music Concert Promoters Scheme, which awarded them numerous recitals across the UK. Previously, the Trio were also invited onto the Concordia Foundation Young Artists Scheme, courtesy of which they performed recitals at St Martin in the Fields and St James Piccadilly. Their recording of chamber works by David Braid was released on the Toccata Classics label in 2012. Julia's other chamber music engagements have included tours to Croatia and Italy with the acclaimed British ensemble Fibonacci Sequence as well as chamber music recitals in Singapore and Montenegro.
Since 2016, together with violinist Yuri Kalnits, Julia is joint Artistic Director of 'ChamberMusicBox', a chamber music collective that brings together distinguished artists from the UK and all across Europe to perform hugely diverse programmes in formations from duo to small chamber orchestra. Her vision and leadership won plaudits during the Covid-19 pandemic when ChamberMusicBox became one of the first UK arts organisations to promote socially-distanced live concerts across numerous venues and substantially increased its concert offering despite the challenging circumstances. Julia was also the curator of CMB's internationally noted Fermata Festival, which brought together top UK musical talent with an exhibition of over 100 visual artworks created by classical musicians during the pandemic.
As an orchestral player, Julia has been a guest with distinguished orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of La Scala Milan, Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Contemporary Orchestra and has played guest principal and co-principal cello with Northern Ballet Sinfonia and the London Concert Orchestra. Julia's varied schedule increasingly also features commercial music, appearing on BBC and ITV television, as well as with rock legends such as Rod Stewart.
Alongside her performing career, Julia has earned a reputation as an exceptionally gifted and sought-after teacher. As well as teaching in London, she is regularly asked to give masterclasses and workshops internationally, with recent invitations to Cyprus and Slovenia. Passionate about teaching, she also shares her knowledge around all aspects of cello playing with her ever-growing YouTube community.
Julia was taught by Raphael Wallfisch and Klaus Heitz at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover before completing her degree at the Royal College of Music with Leonid Gorokhov, where she also trained as a pianist. She also performed in numerous masterclasses and received guidance from distinguished musicians such as Lluis Claret, Bernard Greenhouse, Alexander Ivashkin, Alexander Baillie, Salvatore Accardo and the Chilingirian Quartet.
Julia lives in South-West London where, in her little free time, she can mostly be found in the kitchen working on her Masterchef ambitions!