Julie Koidin is originally from the Chicago area, but since 1997 has had extensive travels to Brazil and Argentina, researching the music of both countries. In August 2010, British flutist Trevor Wye invited her to do a presentation on Brazilian choro in Manchester, England as part of the British Flute Society’s bi-annual convention.
In 2002 she received the top position in both the U.S. and Brazil for a Fulbright Lecture-Research Grant. She has taught extensively in Brazil – at the Federal Universities of Rio (UNIRIO), Natal, Brasília, Recife, and in various festivals including FEMUSICA, the International Winter Festival of Domingos Martins and Brasília’s International Summer Festival. Julie has also received five other Fulbright Grants – Norway (2005), New Zealand (2006), Serbia (2008), Sweden (2011) and Brazil (2014 & 2015) where she taught and performed U.S. repertoire.
In Chicago, in addition to her Ondas performances, Julie performs with guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia in Dois no Choro, a duo featuring Brazilian choro music. Dois no Choro has recorded three CDs – Carinhoso (1999), Juntos (Jazzmin Records, 2002) and , Asa Branca (Laughing Buddha Music, 2008). Juntos was on the first round nominations in two categories for the 2003 Latin Grammy Awards, and both Juntos and Asa Branca received Special Assistance Awards from the Illinois Arts Council.
Julie is also a recitalist and soloist in the U.S. and abroad. Annually she goes to Brazil to perform and teach (2012 was her 17th Brazilian tour since 1997). She has been performing with British violinist, David Johnson since 2004, and performances range from the Rio International Cello Festival to three tours in Cologne, Germany. In 2008 she performed Paquito D’Riveira’s “Danzon” flute concerto with the Millennium Chamber Orchestra as part of the Latino Music Festival. This performance, among others she has done (including with Ondas, Paulinho Garcia, Maria Teresa Madeira, Daniel Binelli and Polly Ferman) have been broadcast on WFMT-FM radio. Additionally, Julie has performed with legendary musicians, Altamiro Carrilho (flute), Carlos Poyares (flute) and Daniela Spielmann (saxophone and flute). Carrilho and Madeira are special guests on Dois no Choro’s Juntos CD.
Julie currently teaches music appreciation at the University of Illinois-Chicago and was formerly the flute lecturer at Loyola University Chicago.
She received her doctorate and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Her free time she spends with her Belgian sheepdog, Bossa Nova.