Julia Severus began playing the piano at the age of four. She graduated from the Berlin University of Arts and from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she studied piano with Mikhail Voskresensky and Lev Naumov. Interested in questions of transversality of historic articulation practice, she wrote her dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin on J.S. Bach’s Articulation Practice and Possibilities of Its Application in His Piano Works, with publications in Die Musikforschung and Concerto – Das Magazin für Alte Musik.
Wishing to explore piano ensemble repertoire, she founded the Aurora Duo and Quartet, performing numerous premières and world premières, among them Rodion Shchedrin’s Hommage à Chopin in the presence of the composer. This was followed by recordings for two pianos, eight hands, of Russian Romantic Piano Transcriptions (Naxos 8.557717) and of Mare – Works for 4 Pianists by Norwegian contemporary composers. With her colleague Alina Luschtschizkaja, Julia Severus made the first recording of the complete Tchaikovsky ballet suites (Naxos 8.570418).
Her solo recordings of Rachmaninov’s piano transcriptions (Naxos 8.573468), Franck’s early piano works (Naxos 8.572901), Tchaikovsky’s opera and song transcriptions (Grand Piano GP795) and Bizet’s complete solo piano works (Naxos 8.570831-32) have been highly praised. The latter was presented on Carrefour de Lodéon and Les Stars du Classique in France, was awarded Album of the Week by RBB in Germany and acclaimed by The Guardian.
Julia Severus lives and works in Paris and Berlin.