Julie Koidin Biography

A native of the Chicago area, Julie Koidin is a classically trained flutist, and is an experienced soloist, studio, orchestral and chamber musician. She is also the host of the nationally/internationally syndicated radio program, “A Joyful Cry: Brazil’s Choro Music” on the WFMT Radio Network.   She has appeared as soloist with the Volta Redondo Orchestra (Brazil), performed on numerous WFMT Radio broadcasts such as “Live from WFMT/Studio One” concerts and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series.   In 2008 she performed Paquito D’Riveira’s “Danzon” flute concerto with the Millennium Chamber Orchestra as part of the Latino Music Festival broadcast on WFMT.

Her recordings include her soon-to-be-released (2017) CD with Brazilian based Choro de Lá pra Cá, as well as two Chicago Sessions Label CDs  (Paulinho Garcia’s Grammy-Award nominated, “My Very Life” and Zvonimir Tot’s “Eloquent Silence”) as well as  Dois no Choro’s “Asa Branca” (Laughing Buddha Music) with Paulinho Garcia and guest artists Julien Labro (accordion); Linda Binder (mandolin) and Heitor Garcia (percussion).

Julie Koidin is active internationally as both a performer and teacher.     2016 marked her 21st tour to Brazil since 1997.  In Brazil she gives concerts and masterclasses on solo and chamber music literature at various universities and at international music festivals such as the Curso Internacional de Verão (Brasília); Festival Internacional de Música (Domingos Martins); and the Festival de Música International de Inverno (Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ).  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. Since that time the group has toured twice in Brazil and twice in the United States. The next U.S. tour is scheduled for August/September 2017.  For more details please click here.

Other international highlights include teaching and performing at the Conservatorio José María Rodríguez in 2016 as part of her seventh Fulbright grant.   In 2011 she performed and taught at the Flöjtmani Summer Course in Arvika Sweden.  In 2010 she was a presenter at the British Flute Society convention in Manchester, England, gave concerts in Köln, Germany, and gave concerts in Vitoria, ES and Rio de Janeiro – the latter with pianist Maria Teresa Madeira and clarinetist, Paulo Sérgio Santos.   Her concerts in Köln were with  British violinist, David Johnson (Gürzenich Orchester Köln).  She and David Johnson have been performing together since 2004, and their performances include several Rio International Cello Festivals, and concerts in Germany (see “My Ensembles” tab above).

To date, Koidin has received seven grants to teach  U.S. solo and chamber music repertoire for flute to universities abroad.  Her grants include: a 2002 and 2014-2015 Lecture/Research grants to Brazil  and Specialist grants to Norway (2005); New Zealand (2006); Serbia (2008); Sweden (2011) and Ecuador (2016).  In June 2011 she released her first book – “Os Sorrisos do Choro” based on her 2002 Fulbright research and in 2013, the English translation, “Choro Conversations.”