COLUMBUS, Miss. – Dr. Julia Mortyakova, chair of the Department of Music at Mississippi University for Women, was recently honored with a Special Judges' Citation by The American Prize in piano for "Championing the music of Cecile Chaminade.”


An international piano competition, finalists for The American Prize receive professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on their recorded performances. In addition to written evaluations from judges, winners and runners-up are profiled on The American Prize website, where links will lead to winners' websites.

“I discovered the music of Cecile Chaminade as a doctoral student writing a research paper and fell in love with it. It has become an important part of my performance repertoire. I also promote the music of other women composers,” said Mortyakova.

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Mortyakova has given solo recitals throughout the United States as well as in Italy, Russia and Ukraine. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and as a featured performer in music festivals including: Assisi Performing Arts (Italy), Musica Nueva Malaga (Spain), Zhytomyr's Musical Spring (Ukraine) and Natchez Festival of Music. 

This year she will make soloist appearances throughout the country, including with the Assisi Festival Orchestra (Italy), the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra and the Tennessee State University Symphony Orchestra. Mortyakova will be one of the featured artists of the Clayton Piano Festival in Clayton, N.C.

She was the 2012 winner of the Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant and performed at the 2012 SAI National Convention in Atlanta. In 2013, Mortyakova had solo recitals throughout the southeastern United States, as well as in Italy.

Mortyakova is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Vanderbilt University, New York University, and the University of Miami. Her studies also include an Aspen Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Symphonic Workshops International Piano Master class (Bulgaria).

Her research includes applying the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre to piano teaching and the life and music of Cécile Chaminade and Olga Harris.

Sept. 11, 2014
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