Julia Mortyakova


Chair, Region 8; Member, Board of Directors
Elected November 2019; term ends November 2022

Julia Mortyakova serves as Chair of the Department of Music and Professor of Music at the Mississippi University for Women, a position she has held since 2012.  She previously held a professorship at Alcorn State University. Professor Mortyakova is also the Founder/Artistic Director of the annual international Music by Women Festival.

As a pianist, Professor Mortyakova maintains an active international performing career. The 2019 concert season included solo, duo piano, and concerto soloist performances around the United States as well as in Russia, Romania and Italy. The 2018 concert season included concerto soloist appearances with the Assisi Performing Arts (Italy), Starkville Symphony (USA) and Yaroslavl Gubernatorial Academic Philharmonic (Russia) orchestras, performing four different piano concerti.

Professor Mortyakova is the 2017 Mississippi Honored Artist (MS State Committee, National Museum of Women in the Arts). The Mortyakova/Bogdan Piano Duo were the Second Prize winners of the 2017 Ellis Duo Piano Competition. She is a laureate of the 2014 American Prize for her performance and work regarding the music of Cecile Chaminade, and the winner of the 2012 Sigma Alpha Iota Career Performance Grant.

Professor Mortyakova’s research focuses on the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre, and the life of Cecile Chaminade. She has presented her research at numerous state, regional, national and international conferences.

Professor Mortyakova serves NASM as a visiting evaluator, and previously served as Vice Chair of Region 8.

Professor Mortyakova holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, Master of Arts degree in Music Performance from New York University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Vanderbilt University. She is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.

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Updated January 2020