Recipient of the Yamaha Grant and the Lavoisier Grant by the French government, Christie Julien received her first piano and chamber music prizes at the Paris Conservatoire national supérieur de musique, where she studied with Dominique Merlet, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Alain Planès and Hortense Cartier-Bresson. She was subsequently invited to study with Léon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory at John’s Hopkins University, where she was the recipient of a full scholarship, graduating with the Conservatory’s prestigious “Artist Diploma.”
She cut her teeth as a soloist in the United States with the National Symphony Orchestra playing Bartok’s 3rd Piano Concerto under the direction of Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Tim Page of the Washington Post called Julien’s playing “full of strength and poetic abstraction.”
A passionate chamber musician, she has been invited to the festivals of Santa Fe, La Jolla, Great Lakes, Ohrid, and Ravinia, among others, and has given multiple concerts at Shriver Hall in Baltimore. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, the Nouveau Siècle in Lille, the Compiègne’s Théâtre impérial, and Paris’ Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel as well as at the Louvre auditorium.
Among her favorite partners are violinists Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Jean-Marc Philipps and Alexis Cardenas, cellists Emmanuelle Bertrand and Dimitri Maslennikov as well as violist Jean Sulem.
A committed educator, she teaches in Paris and regularly gives masterclasses in such places as China, Japan, the United States and Canada. She is a member of the Long-Thibaud Prize’s artistic committee.