Julia Mihály is a composer, performer and singer at the border of Contemporary Music, Performance Art and Electroacoustic Music, based in Frankfurt/Germany.
Standing in the tradition of technology-based performance, her compositions involve realtime sound synthesis processes to extend and modulate vocal and instrumental sounds and to connect sounds and performative movements. Therefore she uses different kinds of controllers like gaming devices, motion sensors and hacked toy instruments. In this setting the computer turns into an interactive chamber musical partner. Emphasising sociopolitical issues of everyday life and media culture her multiamedia performances are aesthetically located in the framework of pop, trash and anti-art.
The crossover of different music styles is probably the most distinctive feature of her music. In 2017 she is awarded with the annual commission for a composition by the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste. During the season 2016/17 she is Artist in Residence with her Duo CLUBbleu at the State Theatre Darmstadt. In autumn 2016 she received a commission for a voice&electronics performance by the NTU CCA Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. In 2015 she was invited as a musical director to perform the piece STIMMUNG by Karlheinz Stockhausen at the Suntory Hall Tokyo. In 2018 she received commissions by Deutschlandfunk and Kulturfonds Frankfurt/RheinMain.
She performs regularly at festivals and in concert series for contemporary music such as Heroines of Sound Festival @ RADIALSYSTEM V / Berghain Berlin (GER), Suntory Hall Tokyo (JPN), La Biennale Musica di Venezia (ITA), Ruhrtriennale (GER), International Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt (GER), Lab.30 Festival for Sound Art Experiments Augsburg (GER), ArtScience Museum Singapore (SG), CAMP 13 festival for visual music Cluj (RO), Opernfestspiele Bavarian State Opera Munich (GER), SPOR Festival Arhus (DEN), Zeitkunst Festival Rio de Janeiro (BRA), Achtbrücken Festival Cologne (GER), Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC) Helsinki (FIN), TEMPO REALE Florence and the NTU CCA Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (SG).
Her compositions have been broadcasted by German radio stations like Südwestrundfunk (Swr2), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR Klassik), Hessischer Rundfunk (hr2 Kultur), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR3) and Deutschlandfunk.
Julia Mihály studied classical singing with Prof. Norma Enns and electronic composition with Joachim Heintz at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTM Hannover), and completed her studies with workshops at the ZKM Karlsruhe, STEIM Amsterdam, Stockhausen Summer Courses Kürten and the International Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt.
Julia Mihály is currently teaching „Composition and Technology“ at the Studio for Electronic Music and Acoustics (SELMA) of the HfMDK Frankfurt.
In 2018 Julia Mihály was a tutor at the 49th Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt (workshop „voice electrofication“ for composers and singers). During the winter semester 2016/17 Julia Mihály was invited for a visiting professorship within the study programme Sound Arts – Musik und Medienkunst at the Bern University of Arts (HKB), in representation for Prof. Dr. Michael Harenberg. For several lectures and workshops she received invitations by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (institute for composition and electroacoustic), ADM Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Akademie für Tonkunst Darmstadt, University for Music, Drama and Media Hanover, Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg and the State University for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.
Julia Mihály is board member of the German Society for Electroacoustic Music (DEGEM). She lives in Frankfurt/Germany.
* [photo credits in order of appearance: Daniel Pufe (IMD), Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia – photo A. Avezzu, Thomas Kujawinski (DLF)]