A native of the Chicago area, Julie Koidin is a classically trained flutist, and is an experienced soloist, studio, orchestral and chamber musician. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Conservatorio del Tolima Orchestra (Colombia), the Millennium Chamber Orchestra (Chicago) and the Volta Redondo Orchestra (Brazil) as well as given numerous solo recitals in concert with pianists such as Maria Teresa Madeira, Durval Cesetti, and Rick Ferguson.
Her current main performance collaborations are with guitarist/composer, Ricardo Vieira in the Koidin-Vieira Duo, based in Aracaju, Brazil; Duo Tempero Brasileiro with guitarist, Neal Alger, based in Chicago; and the Austin-based Carney-Koidin Duo, a flute and guitar duo performing a wide range of repertoire from Bach to Brazilian.
Julie has various collaborations with the world renown, WFMT Radio Network (Chicago). These projects include numerous broadcasts where she performed for the “Live from WFMT/Studio One” concert series and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series. In 2016 she was the host, producer and researcher of WFMT’s nationally/internationally syndicated radio program, “A Joyful Cry: Brazil’s Choro Music,” prepared for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Her recordings include “In Between” (2018) featuring original music by French harpist/composer Isabelle Olivier; “Choro de Lá pra Cá” (2017) with her Brazil-based trio of the same name, “Eloquent Silence” (Chicago Sessions) by Zvonimir Tot; and Paulinho Garcia’s Grammy-Award nominated, “My Very Life” (Chicago Sessions). She has also recorded three Dois no Choro CDs with her duo partner, Paulinho Garcia: “Asa Branca” (Laughing Buddha Music) with guests Julien Labro, accordion/bandoneon, Linda Binder, mandolin and Heitor Garcia, percussion; “Juntos” (Jazzmin Music, 2002) with guests Altamiro Carrilho, flute/piccolo; Emily Mantell, cello; Maria Teresa Madeira, piano; and Robert Saliba and Heitor Garcia, percussion; and “Carinhoso” (Jazzmin Music, 2000).
Julie is an active teacher internationally and in the U.S. She maintains private studios in the Chicago area and in Austin, Texas, as well as online where she teaches students worldwide. She has performed and lectured at various National Flute Association Conventions, the British Flute Society Convention, and at universities and conservatories throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the University of Montevallo (Alabama); University of Wisconsin-Madison; Cornell University; University of Auckland (New Zealand); the Grieg Institute (Norway); the Conservatorio del Tolima (Colombia); the Jose Maria Rodriguez Music Conservatory (Ecuador); and Brazilian universities and conservatories in Brasília, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, and Natal.
She has participated as a performer and lecturer at various festivals including Chicago Latino Music Festival, the Curso Internacional de Verão (Brasília); Festival Internacional de Música (Domingos Martins); the Rio International Cello Festival; the Festival de Música International de Inverno (Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ); and the Flöjtmani Summer Course (Arvika Sweden).
To date, Julie has received eight grants to teach U.S. solo and chamber music repertoire for flute to universities abroad. Her grants include: 2002 and 2014-2015 Lecture/Research grants to Brazil and Specialist grants to Norway (2005); New Zealand (2006); Serbia (2008); Sweden (2011); Ecuador (2016); and Colombia (2019).
A specialist in Brazilian choro music, she has performed throughout Brazil and with choro legends Altamiro Carrilho and Carlos Poyares, among other greats in the style. In 2014 she formed the trio, Choro de Lá pra Cá in Natal, Brazil. The group has had two tours in Brazil and three in the U.S. Since 2004 she has had two chamber music tours in Germany with British violinist, David Johnson (Gürzenich Orchester Köln).
Her studies of choro began in 1997, in Rio de Janeiro with Altamiro Carrilho. It was at that time that she fell in love with choro, and she subsequently returned for 22 more trips, traveling all over the country performing, teaching and researching the genre.
In 2015, she became the founder and director of the Chicago Choro Club, a community outreach group that provides classes, workshops and “jam sessions” called “rodas de choro,” that are open to all instrumentalists. The group has participated in various community events such as Evanston’s CommUnity Picnic and Navy Pier’s Brazilian celebration.
As an author, Julie Koidin is an active contributor to the National Flute Association’s “Flutist Quarterly” and has publications in various professional journals. Her two books are titled “Os Sorrisos do Choro” (São Paulo: Global Choro Music, 2011) and its translation, “Choro Conversations” (Freemont, CA: Global Choro Music, 2013). Both books are based on her 2002 Fulbright research.
Koidin holds both her doctorate (DM) and master’s (MMus) degrees in flute performance from Northwestern University, and a BMus in flute performance from the University of Illinois. She has studied with Walfrid Kujala and Richard Graef (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Alexander Murray (formerly of the London Symphony).