JULIA KOCIUBAN, the first Polish semifinalist in the history of the International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015). In February 2016 she was awarded the third prize at the 12th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg. Despite her young age, Julia has already been a very successful performing artist. She has performed at various venues in Europe (the Herkulessall in Munich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg among others), North America and Asia. She was invited to play in the most known international music festivals, such as the The International Piano Festival La Rouge d’Antheron, The Young Euro Classic Piano Festival, The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, The International Chopin Festival or Kissinger Sommer. Julia performs as a soloist, chamber musician and with various orchestras (lately NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Wiener Symphoniker). She has collaborated with such renewed conductors as Hans Graf, Nemme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Lahav Shani, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Tadeusz Wojciechowski, Marcin Nałęcz – Niesiołowski, Łukasz Borowicz and Marek Pijarowski to mention just few. In March 2015 she released her debut solo album “Schumann, Chopin, Bacewicz”, which was acclaimed by critics as one of the most interesting Polish piano debut of the past few years. Her recordings are often used by Polish Radio and Polish TV, German BR-Klassik and French Radio “France musique”. Born in Kraków. She started her piano education at the age of 5 and graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Currently, she is studying at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg with a renowned pianist and pedagogue Prof. Pavel Gililov.