Julia Sheriff’s goals are to enhance the musical community through a focus on enthusiastic education and collaborative, interactive performance. She is on the faculty of the International School of Music, has taught at Arti-St Music Center, and is a music education certification candidate at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. “Julia Sheriff plays the piano with accuracy, intensity, taste and passion. Whenever she plays music, it stays played. Just listen!” –Martin Bresnick.
A native of Philadelphia, Sheriff has won numerous prizes in competitions, such as the Aspen Music Festival’s AACA Concerto Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and the International Young Artists Piano Competition. She was a finalist of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Competition, and the MTNA National Piano Competitions. Sheriff was featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”, aired from the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. She has also performed as a piano fellow at Yale’s Norfolk Festival-New Music Workshop, the Finchcocks Piano Museum-England, the Academy of Music, the Aspen Music Festival and School and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. Sheriff has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, such as the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony Orchestra and Hershey Symphony Orchestra.
Sheriff is an active collaborative musician. She was a duo collaborative pianist of the “Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble” and the primary pianist of “Peabody Camerata”, performing works such as Kontrapunke, Le Marteau sans Maitre, and the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. This past year, Sheriff accompanied Tariq Al-Sabir for the 13th Annual State of the City Address (Baltimore). She has collaborated with the Figaro Project-a fresh, innovative Baltimore opera company, and has directed operas such as Simon Boccanegra and Les Contes d’Hoffman. Sheriff received her Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody as a recipient of the Frances W. Wentz Turner Memorial Prize in Piano and the William H. Kaltenbach, Jr. Endowed Scholarship. She has studied with Marian Hahn, Charles Abramovic and Robert Rimm, and has played in master classes for Gabriel Kwok, Jon Kimura Parker, Joseph Kalichstein and Claude Frank. Sheriff has collaborated with musicians such as Luis Biava, Robert Van Cise, Lisa Moore and Jack Moore. She has worked with composers such as Judah Adashi, Doug Buchanan, Lowell Liebermann, Martin Bresnick and Michael Hersch.
The Peabody Children’s Chorus, founded in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1989, brings children together to rehearse and perform art and folk music of multiple cultures, languages, historical periods, and styles.