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Introducing… Julia Lynch

By Ailie Crerar

18th September 2019

Julia Lynch, Head of Coaching at MOS, trained as a concert pianist and is one of the busiest accompanists in the UK.



What was your first professional job?

My first professional job was accompanist to the vocal studies department at RSAMD. The RSAMD is now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and I’m now Head Vocal and Repertoire coach, but still there over 30 years later. Commitment!!


Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

My dream dinner party guests would be Mozart, Flann O’Brien, Louise de Vilmorin and Dorothy Parker. It would be lively and full of laughs and witty chat.


What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?

I wish someone had told me that everything would work out just fine!


What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Life has taught me many things, some of them hard lessons; but really I’ve learned that we never stop learning, to stay open and flexible through all the joys and sorrows of life.


What excites you about working with young musicians?

I love working with young musicians because they have that openness and joy that is all too easy to lose. I love introducing them to aspects of themselves that they may not have discovered yet, and meet challenges head on. Working with young people keeps me young!


A bit more about Julia:

Born in Dublin and raised in Aberdeen, Julia began piano lessons at the age of four, studying with Denis Matthews and David Parkhouse at the North East Scotland Music School. In 1982, Julia won a scholarship to study piano at the RSAMD in Glasgow with Laurence Glover. Whilst a student at the academy, she won all the available prizes for piano solo, accompaniment and chamber music. Having gained her BA and completed a year of postgraduate study, Julia joined the staff of the academy as vocal coach, a post she still holds.


Julia is one of the busiest accompanists in the country, appearing in recital with many distinguished artists. Concerts have taken her all over the world, with recitals in London, Tokyo and Geneva, as well as appearances at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival and Cardiff Singer of the World. She appears as orchestra pianist with the BBC SSO, the RSNO and SCO, and broadcasts and records regularly. Until 2016, Julia was music assistant to Eberhard Friedrich at the Bayreuther Festspiele in Germany.


Along with Malcolm Martineau and Tom Allen, Julia is proud to be associated with the Samling Foundation, furthering the talents of a new generation of singers.


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