Julia Stoppa

Julia Stoppa

Born in Melbourne 1972, Julia began playing the clarinet at age 12. She won music scholarships to the MacRobertson Girl’s High School and Blackburn High School where she played in the Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band. Julia studied with Philip Miechel and was given the opportunity to participate in master classes and workshops at the Victorian College of the Arts High School.

Julia embarked on a gap year after completing high school and travelled to England where she worked as a nanny, but also studied clarinet with Claire Boughn of the Royal Academy of Music. When she returned to Australia, Julia completed a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Music and English at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1995. After teaching in the South Gippsland School’s Music Programme for two years, she traveled to The Netherlands to begin post graduate studies in music performance, studying clarinet with Jan Jansen and Walter Boeykins and bass clarinet with Henri Bok. This study allowed her to work with Joseph Horak of The Czech Republic, who was the pioneer of the bass clarinet and has hundreds of works dedicated to him.

Julia travelled to Graz, Austria to study with Ernesto Molinari as part of the ‘Impuls’ Contemporary Music Programme and worked with Roger Heaton of England specifically on modern techniques for the clarinet and bass clarinet. Remaining in The Netherlands upon completion of her studies, Julia performed with, amongst others, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Zeewese Orchestra, ASKO Ensemble, Schoenberg Ensemble, AVRO television orchestra, Rotterdam Young Philharmonic Orchestra and the Volharding Ensemble where she worked closely with Louis Andriessen. She was a founding member of the Treble Wind Trio and toured through Germany as part of the Schleswig Holstein Summer Festival. Julia has broadcast on Dutch and German radio, as well as Australia’s 3MBS.

Since returning to Australia in 2007, Julia has held a full time position as clarinetist with the Royal Australian Air Force Band, touring to Malaysia in 2008. She is on staff at the Victorian College of the Arts and is lucky enough to be mum to two beautiful boys.