Juliana is a singer and
an ethnomusicologist. While Russian traditional music is her
main passion, she also enjoys performing songs of Bulgarian, Romani
Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and many other cultures and is open to all kinds of vocal art.
She also plays many ethnic instruments.
Juliana was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, where
she graduated as a Russian folk singer from Ippolitov-Ivanov Musical
Academy. For the last 20 years she has organized numerous ethnographic
expeditions to remote villages of Russia. In these expeditions Juliana
recorded and learned the songs carried from generation to generation for
centuries only by the oral tradition. She also learned village customs,
dances, ceremonies, as well as collected authentic musical instruments
Juliana began her stage career as a singer and an
actress in Bratchina, Russian folk theater, and later moved to Denmark,
where she continued refining her vocal skills in Carl Nielsen Academy of
Music (Odense), department of Nordic traditional music.
participated in numerous projects of world music and other styles,
collaborated with many musicians, has been a member of Usmifka (a
Bulgarian choir) and
Glas (a Bulgarian sextet).
Juliana's main project is
PAVA - a vocal ensemble she founded and led since
After moving to the United States in 2005, Juliana
gathered together the second lineup of PAVA and now she
continues her performing and teaching activities.
In recognition of her contribution to the Russian
community of Washington State and preservation of traditional Russian
culture, Juliana was awarded “The Person of the Year” title in 2008 by
the Russian Cultural Center of Seattle and Consulate General of the
Russian Federation in Seattle. In 2009, Juliana received a grant from
Artist Trust for releasing a CD of Juliana & PAVA in the US, as well as
the Russel Jaqua Award for Artistic Excellence. In 2014, Juliana received an award from
Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
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upcoming and recent performances, please check out our
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