Born to a family of musicians, Julija started her first violin lessons at the age of five. As a young talent, she won prizes such as the Festival of Music Schools of Serbia and the Competition of Young Interpreters of Yugoslavia.
After finishing her studies of violin at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Yugoslavia), she was engaged as an assistant professor in the class of her former teacher Evgenia Tchugaeva at the same conservatory.
Since 1994, Julija lives in The Netherlands, where she studied at the Conservatory of Rotterdam with professor Ilya Grubert, and the Conservatory of Utrecht with professor Keiko Wataya where she graduated with Cum Laude.
As a soloist, she performed with various orchestras such as The Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Yugoslavia), Chamber Orchestra “Camerata Academica” Novi Sad, Belgrade Strings, St Georges Strings, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Serbia, Brabants Kamer Orkest , The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. She has given recitals and chamber music concerts in Yugoslavia, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Australia and Brazil.
She participated on international festivals such as The Summer Festival in Dubrovnik, Barka festival of music from formal Yugoslavia in Amsterdam, The Grachten Festival in Amsterdam, November Music in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, En Plein Public in Breda, Peter de Grote festival in Groningen, Festival MiTo - Italy, International Chamber music festival Joao Pesoa - Brazil.
Julija’s repertoire includes pieces from baroque to contemporary music. Her interpretations are characterized by a great expressivity and temperament, refined technique and a warm sensitivity for colour. Her exciting way of playing often led to mutually inspiring collaboration with contemporary composers. Several pieces have been written for and premiered by her.
“Operator” by Florian Maier,written for The Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic and violin soloist Julija Hartig, conducted by Micha Hamel on the Dutch Music Days 2009 in October in the Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Amsterdam, recently won a recommendation for worldwide broadcast by more than 30 radio stations in Unesco's 2010 Rostrum of Composers.
She recorded for CD labels in the Netherlands and Yugoslavia. In 2010 RTS (Radio Television Serbia) issued 4 CD’s of complete works by Ljubica Maric -a composer and artist with whom she had a very close connection- where all the solo violin and chamber music repertoire written by this composer is performed by her.
With a pianist Reineke Broekhans she formed a Duo Hartig-Broekhans which won a prize on an International Chamber Music Competition “Gaetano Zinetti” 2004.
Since 2003 she is a member of the virtuoso ensemble The Hungry Gods. With this unique ensemble she has been active in interdisciplinary projects such as film and theatre.
Julija is one of the founding members of Splendor , a new creative podium in Amsterdam - winner of the Amsterdam Cultural prize in 2015. She is also one of the initiators of the LUDWIG collective that wonn the GRAMMY award with their first CD with Barbara Hannigan in 2018.
Julija Hartig plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin (“Ex-Zimmermann”), that is part of the Dutch National Musical Instrument Foundation, The Netherlands.
Julija Hartig violin