Born in Straubing, Germany in 1980, Austrian composer and Violist Julia Purgina studied viola with Wolfgang Klos and composition with Erich Urbanner and Chaya Czernowin at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Additionally she was a student of Ulrich Knörzer at the Berlin University of the Arts. Ms. Purgina holds a double masters degree in viola and composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Additionally, she is interested in Philology and has started studies in German and Slovak Languages at the Vienna University in 2011.
Julia Purgina has received numerous prizes and scholarships including the Theodor Körner Prize, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra Stipend, the Viktor Fohn Stipend, the Antonio Salieri Composition Prize, the Startstipendium 2009 and the Staatsstipendium for composers 2013 from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.
From 1999-2004 she was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Ms. Purgina played in the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2007. Though her primary focus is on the performance of modern music, she also performs frequently with orchestras such as the Wiener Kammerorchester, the Vienna Volksoper, the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria and the Wiener Kammerphilharmonie. She is co-founder of ensemble LUX and a member of Ensemble Reconsil and the jazz group Studio Dan. She performed Roland Freisitzer’s Viola Concerto as a soloist with Ensemble Reconsil in Vienna and composers such as Erich Urbanner, Ivo Nilsson and Thomas Heinisch have writiten viola concertos (or double concertos including the viola as solo instrument) which are dedicated to her. In Spring 2010, Ms. Purgina performed her own viola concerto and a composition for viola and ensemble by Bruno Stobl with Studio New Music Moscow in the Rachmaninov Hall in the Tschaikovsky Conservatory. As a composer, Julia Purgina has had commissions from the Hugo Wolf Quartet, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna, Platypus Ensemble, Ensemble Wiener Collage, the Theater in Kempten (Germany) and the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt, among others. She has been a composer in residence at the Mittersill Composer Forum (KOFOMI). During the 2013/2014 seasons she was “Composer-in-Residence” with the “Wiener Concertverein”. In October 2014, she is one of three featured composers at Soundings Festival in London. Her pieces have already been performed in Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea and Sweden.
In September 2016, Julia Purgina was appointed University Professor and Head of Strings at the MUK (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien).