Born in Volgograd, Russia Yulia immigrated to New Zealand with her mother in 2002. During 2003 Yulia attends Cashmere High School and completes education.
During 2003 Yulia is discovered on a regional television show in Christchurch. Show producers send a tape to Gray Bartlett. Gray Bartlett (who also discovered Hayley Westenra) immediately signs Yulia to a management deal. Yuliaâ€™s first live performances in 2004 both received standing ovations and occurred with Ivan Rebroff in Christchurch and then in Japan with Russell Watson and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
2004 SONY MUSIC signs Yulia to a six album deal. The first album â€œInto the Westâ€ is released and achieves platinum status in the first week of sales, achieves an official four times platinum sales, 2 radio hits and four weeks at No.1 on the NZ album charts. The album is toured throughout New Zealand but is not exploited outside NZ (with the exception of a very limited promotion in Japan). Yulia performs with Michael Barrymore, Tim Beveridge and Shaun Dixon. In 2005 Yulia wins two NZ Music Awards for â€œBest Female Solo Vocalistâ€ and â€œHighest Selling Album of the Yearâ€ in the company of Finn Brothers and Brooke Fraser.
In 2006 SONY BMG releases Yuliaâ€™s second album â€œMontageâ€ which achieves two times platinum sales, 1 Radio Hit Single and becomes No.1 on the NZ album charts. Also in 2006 SONY MUSIC merges with BMG to become SONY BMG. Michael Glading head of SONY of 25 years is made redundant which affected the direction of Yuliaâ€™s career. Yulia performs with Englebert Humperdinck & Dame Malvina Major. Between 2006 and 2008 Yulia attends university to study linguistics. Yulia performs with Geoff Sewell, Amici Forever, TV and Radio.
In late 2007 Yulia contracts Oikos Music to redevelop her brand and her career. Oikos uses 2008 to further develop Yuliaâ€™s voice, live performance and settle on the brand / format of female solo vocal in the pop classical crossover genre. January 2009 marketing begins to introduce Yulia to the music industry outside NZ with a view to securing interest from a new record label.
ON YULIA’S RECORDING & PERFORMANCE CAREER
“Yulia is that rare international phenomenon; a truly individual voice. Add to that lashings of Russian soul, liberal quantities of musicianship and you have a singer who transcends classification. Enjoy!”
Carl Doy (June 2008) Top New Zealand Music Producer
AMICI FOREVER FINAL TOUR
“Yulia you have an amazing voice and it was great to work with you on my final tour of NZ with Amici Forever. Congratualtions on all you have achieved and all of your plans for the future â€“ keep making a difference in the world and inspiring others.”
Geoff Sewell (June 2008)
THREE DIVA’s CONCERT, TAURANGA with Sharon Elizabeth & Elizabeth Marvelly
â€œYuliaâ€™s performance was, without doubt, exceptional. She had the crowd laughing and clapping, and at times, quiet and mesmerised. She worked beautifully with the other two performers and it was truly a day enjoyed by all.â€
Craig Wilson (April 2008) CEO of INTERPRO NZ
TOP 40 USA MUSIC PRODUCER
“Rarely in the music community does an artist surface with the talent, grace and sensitivity of Yulia – the pride of New Zealand. Yulia is a world-class artist with a voice to match that will stop you in your tracks.â€
â€œWhether she is singing a moving ballad or a simple folk-song there is control and conviction in her singing far beyond her years….I will have the honor of working with her on her next project and I am truly excited about the anticipated outcome.”
David Kershenbaum Oct. 2008 Top 40 USA Music Producer
(TRACY CHAPMAN / JANET JACKSON / BRYAN ADAMS / CAT STEVENS / DURAN,DURAN / KENNY LOGGINS / JOAN BAEZ / SUPERTRAMP / PETER FRAMPTON / TORI AMOS / JOSHUA KADISON / BLESSID UNION OF SOULS)