Interview

Where do I come from
The French part of Switzerland
Why do I sing?
Vital necessity.
And what do I like apart from singing?
Literature. Yoga. Contemporary art. Mountains.
My own personal musical highlight?
My high school diploma dissertation. I executed a project for soprano, string quartet and piano on my own, from the artistic to the organisational aspects. I sang works of Poulenc, Fauré, Chausson and Kurt Weill. That was my own creation.
My motto?
Do not expect from others that which you do not expect from yourself.

Biography

Julie Catherine Eggli is a strange singer. Thrilled about early music as well as French song and contemporary music, the singer feels no boundaries between epochs. She interprets works from yesterday and today, always in search of new gems or forgotten works that she could sing back to life.

After completing her pre-college studies at the “Conservatoire de Lausanne” with Stephan MacLeod, the Swiss-born soprano moved to Munich in 2017 to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich in the studio of KS Prof. Christiane Iven. She also benefits from Michèle Moser’s valuable lessons in Geneva. As a soloist, she has sung regularly in Switzerland and Germany and has appeared with the Ensemble Consonances under the baton of Mikhaïl Zhuravlev and with the Orchestre Romand des Jeunes Professionnels. Moreover, she regularly collaborates with students of the composition classes of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich on various projects. The soprano also looks back on a long ensemble experience and has recently become a member of the new vocal ensemble “LauschWerk” under the baton of Prof. Martin Steidler.

Julie Catherine is also interested in contemporary musical theatre. She has sung world premieres at various venues, for example as Gräfin Margarete Sausack in Hans-Henning Ginzel’s opera Der Club der Metzger, as an Atom in the project liminal space at the Münchner Biennale and more recently as an Angel in Caio de Azevedo’s FINITA musical theatre. She has also worked on a musical theatre production of Leoš Janacek’s Diary of One Who Disappeared at the Theaterakademie August Everding.

The only 19-year-old soprano sang “Le Marteau sans maître” by Pierre Boulez in 2019 as part of the chamber concerts of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Bastian. In 2018 she was a guest at the MelosLogos Song Festival in Weimar and summer 2019 she sang French songs with the Belgian pianist Stéphane de May in Switzerland. She has designed her projects and concert programs combining music and lyrics at several festivals. Julie Catherine has a special affinity with literature. She is driven by the desire to find a clear and transparent language of sound, without artificiality or mannerisms.