Julie Hereish joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cello in the Fall of 2019. Previously, she held the same position in the Québec Symphony Orchestra. During her time in Québec City, she co-founded the piano quartet Quatuor Philanthros and the cello octet Élément 8.
Born in Montreal, Julie pursued her studies in her hometown, and then in Vienna, Austria. She also participated in courses in Canada (Domaine Forget, Orford Arts Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts), in Germany (Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival), and in Austria (Vienna Music Seminar).
Her chamber music performances have taken her across Canada, where she’s toured with Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. Julie has been invited to perform in chamber music festivals throughout North America, such as Music by the Sea, Rendez-vous Musical de Laterrière, Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, Festival Bach de Montréal and Rockport Music Festival. As a guest, Julie has joined the Grammy Award-winning ARC Ensemble in performance in Toronto and the Canadian Opera Company as a guest continuo cellist. Julie has performed extensively with the chamber orchestra Violons du Roy in Québec City and throughout Europe and North America.
Together with actor Pierre Mayer, Julie created Charlot et Mlle Cello, a theatrical concert experience for children based on Charlie Chaplin’s famous character. The show has been presented in its symphonic version with the Québec Symphony Orchestra and with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland.
Julie is a co-founder and member of the Edmonton based High Level Trio, comprised of members of the ESO. Alongside her husband, ESO Principal violist Keith Hamm, she founded The New Cohort at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The duet will be on tour in the Maritimes with Debut Atlantic in September 2022. Julie is currently on maternity leave and will return for the 2022/23 season.