Julia Francis is an Auckland-based composer, arranger, musician, and performer. After wanting to be a composer from a young age, in 2018 she completed her Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in composition at the University of Auckland under the tutelage of Leonie Holmes, Eve de Castro-Robinson, and John Coulter.
Over time, Julia has had several works recorded, workshopped, and performed by a variety of performers and groups, such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Jade String Quartet, performance students from University of Auckland and various performers at the Nelson Composers Workshop. Her orchestral work The Fall of Icarus has been workshopped and recorded by the APO in 2017. In 2018, she was selected as a finalist for the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composer Award for the same work.
Julia has also been a two time finalist in the University of Auckland Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Competition with her works Tallulah’s Ride and Arya’s Journey. Arya’s Journey has also been workshopped and recorded by the Jade String Quartet in 2017. In 2018, Tallulah’s Ride was performed at the University of Auckland Dance Studies: Third Year Student Showcase. She is also a two time finalist in the University of Auckland Llewelyn Jones Piano Composition Competition with her works, Unpredictable Weather at Moturoa Island and Four Miniatures for the Solar System.
Julia has also been named one of the Auckland Youth Choir Composer-in-Residences for 2019-2020. In October, she will have her work commissioned by the Auckland Youth Choir.