Dr. Julia Gomelskaya is a Ukrainian composer. She was born in 1964. Graduated from Simpheropol Tchaikovsky Music College (Ukraine) as a pianist with distinction in 1983, then – graduated from Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Music Academy (Ukraine) under Prof. A.Krasotov obtaining a Diploma in Composition with distinction in 1990. She won the 1st prize in the Ukrainian National composers' competition named after Prokofiev (1993), the 3rd prize in the International Women composers' competition (Kiev, Ukraine, 1995), the 1st prize at the 2nd International Composition Contest of Comines (Belgium, 2003), the 1st prize at the 35th Concours International de Chant Choral 2006 (Florilege de Tours, France, 2006). In 1994 she continued her education at the international composers' workshop of the Gaudeamus foundation (Amsterdam, 1994).
In 1995 she was awarded a fellowship for the postgraduate study by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). She has received the Master of Music Degree in Composition with distinction under Prof. R.Saxton (City University of London). Whilst at GSMD she won all six composition prizes including Lutoslawski Prize (Chester Music Publishers) and two of her pieces have been published by GSMD as a compulsory element of the audition process.
She has participated in numerous international festivals and forums in Ukraine and abroad: in Russia, Moldova, Armenia, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland, USA, China, Hungary, including ISCM World Music Days (Croatia 2011, Sweden 2009, Switzerland, 2004, Hong Kong, 2002, Luxembourg, 2000), 48 la Biennale di Venezia 2004 (Italy), FMF Schweiz 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 (Switzerland), Spitalfields Festival 1996, 1997, Opera and Theatre Lab 1996, Mayfield Festival 2000 (UK). Her music was performed at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room (London, 1998, 2001, 2002), "Gran Teatre del Liceu" (Barcelona, 2002). Her chamber opera "The Divine Sarah" (performed by British mezzo Sarah Walker, libretto by Michael Irwin) was recorded by BBC Radio 3 (UK) in 2002. In May 2008 her ballet Jane Eyre was staged (10 performances) by London Children's Ballet at the Peacock Theatre, London.
She has PhD in Music Art. Professor of composition at the Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Music Academy. Author of more than 70 works in genres of academic music: symphonic, ballet, chamber, choir, vocal and electronic music. Her compositions have been published by Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas (Switzerland) and by GSMD and Micropress (UK), and produced on CDs. She has recordings on the BBC Radio3 and on the New European Radio. She is a member of the Ukrainian National Composers' Union and of the Ukraine section of ISCM.
Laureate of the B.Liatoshynskyj Prize of the Ukrainian Ministry for Culture (2011). Laureate of Odessa Municipal Prize 2006.
Her commissions include the ballet Jane Eyre for the London children's Ballet which received its first performance at the Wimbledon Theatre (London) in May 1997;
From the Bottom of the Soul string quartet for the Spitalfields Festival 1997 (London) for the Yggdrasil Quartet from Sweden;
Waiting for Sarah Walker and Malcolm Martineau for the Wigmore Hall 1997/98 season in London;
The Divine Sarah opera-scene for Sarah Walker for the Mayfield Festival 2000;
Zig-Net-Zag for the Ensemble Klangheimlich for the concert programmes for 1999 in Berne and Zurich (Switzerland);
Seven Touches for piano for Franziska Rieder, 2000 (Switzerland);
The Riot for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama wind orchestra by BASBWE Education Trust for the British Music Academies Festival 2001 (London, UK);
Out of Gravitation (2002) for Amaltea Ensemble (Switzerland);
The hint only... for Mario Caroli for Spaziomusica Festival 2003 (Italy);
My sister-night (2004) for Amaltea Ensemble (Switzerland);
Through Crystals of Gothic Mosaic (2006) for Amaltea Ensemble (Switzerland);
Strimpellata-Sounds (2007) for Strimpellata Ensemble (Switzerland);
ukRAINian BALLAD (2009) for Franziska Welti and Leo Bachmann (Switzerland);
Trace of Trumpet (2008) for the "V International Myron Starovetskyi Competition for young trumpeters "Competition trumpeters" (Ukraine);
Flashbacks Of a Tired Popstar (2010) for Rupert Bergmann (Austria);
Writing to Onegin. One More Try (2011) for Franziska Welti and Moritz Müllenbach (Switzerland).