© 1995 Julie Tompkins-Wagner

Master of Music

in Piano

San Francisco Conservatory of

Music | 1980

 

Bachelor of the Arts

 in Music and English

University of California at Berkeley | 1972

Director of the Music Academy

GEMS World Academy Switzerland

Professor of Piano

International School of Geneva | 1994 - 2015

Head of the Music School

International School of Geneva

Founding Director

Summer Music Program Geneva | 1996 - 2015

English

Mothertongue

 

French

Moderate working proficiency

Julie is an active concert performer, educator and music administrator from the San Francsico Bay area who has made her home in the Geneva region since 1988 when she received a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship to work and study there. 

Julie began her piano studies at the age of four and commenced her professional solo career at age fourteen. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and English from the University of California, Berkely, in 1978 and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1983 in the class of Mack McCray. She also studied voice with Hermann Le Roux, head of the Vocal Department and 20th century music with John Adams. Continuing her études de perfectionnement, she studied chamber music with Felix Khuner in Berkeley, vocal accompanying with Madi Bacon (sister of the composer Ernst Bacon), conducting with Michael Senturia and piano with Henri Gautier, Head of the Geneva International Piano Competition Jury and Piano Professor at the Geneva Conservatory.

Julie started teaching privately at the age of fourteen and continues to maintain a full pedagogical schedule, teaching, lecturing, and coaching. She has been a guest lecturer at Foothill College in Los Altos, California, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the International School of Geneva during the Arts Week Festival. She has participated/attended Master classes/lecture series with Anton Kuerti, Leon Fleischer, Charles Rosen and John Cage. She was a Professor of Piano at the International School of Geneva from 1988- 2014, where she founded both the La Châtaigneraie Music School and the International Concert Series, managing both from 1988-1996. In 1995 she founded the Summer Music Program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015.  She is the Artistic Director of the Geneva Youth Ensemble and is  the Director of the Music Academy at GEMS World Academy Switzerland.

As a concert artist, Julie has performed throughout Europe and the U.S.A. as a soloist and with orchestra, in chamber music and in international competitions. She has given special performances for the American Ambassador in Bern, Switzerland and for the U.S. mission to the United Nations in Geneva. Festival performances include the Villars Open, and as a receipient of a grant from Concerts Atlantique, the European International Festival. Julie has performed to standing-room-only crowds in Geneva, Villars and Paris (twice) and has received standing ovations for her rendition of the Grieg Piano Concerto. She has performed at many venues in London, including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Börsedorfer Salle in Vienna. More recent performances include two four-hands concerts with Janet Bouwmeester and a solo concert on the newly restored 1903 Bechstein at the Château du Bossey, Switzerland.