Pianist and composer Julija Bal has been present on the music scene as a soloist, chamber musician and piano professor for more than a decade.
After undergraduate and master’s studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, she obtained the title of Doctor of Arts at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and the topic of her research was piano transcriptions and paraphrases of the Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni.
In addition to performing the standard piano repertoire, Julija Bal also devoted herself to work in the field of composition and piano transcriptions during her studies.
Her multiple award-winning piano transcriptions of “12 Etudes“ by Heitor Villa-Lobos have been performed all over the world, and their notation / audio / video edition entitled “12 Guitar Etudes by Heitor Villa-Lobos Transcribed for Piano by Julija Bal“ is archived at the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio De Janeiro. On that occasion (2018), the President of Brazil and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil awarded Julia with the prestigious “Ordem de Rio Branco“ for her significant contribution to Brazil’s diplomatic relations and the affirmation of Brazilian music in the world.
After a notable performance at Carnegie Hall in New York (2009), where she performed her own piano transcriptions of works by Schubert, Albeniz and Villa-Lobos, her career as a pianist is on an upward trajectory. She performed in the USA, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Israel, England, Italy, Poland, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, as well as in many cities of Serbia and the region.
As a chamber musician, she performed with various artists and ensembles from the country and abroad, and in 2007 she founded the piano duo Jelena and Julija with the pianist Jelena Bajić. The circle of Julia Bal’s associates is expanding every year, as well as the number of written transcriptions and original compositions for different ensembles.