Julie Moon (b.1984) is a Korean-American performer, composer and improviser living in Oakland, California. Moon studied classical piano and music theory at the Korean National University of Arts and made her debut as a pianist at the Seoul Arts Center with the Korean National Symphony at the age of 6. She has performed classical repertoire at numerous venues such as the Seoul Opera House, Sejong Cultural Center, Chopin Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Inspired by the correspondences between sound, movement, and memory, Moon conducted research studies in aural perception and communication of performance gestures at Cornell University where she received her BA in Music and Psychology of Computing Arts. In 2013, she came to California to study music improvisation and composition at Mills College where she connected with the multidisciplinary nature of experimental art.
She studied with Grahame Bailey, Chris Brown, Kevin Ernste, Fred Frith, Carol Krumhansl, Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, Steven Pond, Robert Schwartz, and Roberto Sierra while earning her MFA and MA at Mills College and BA at Cornell University. Recent projects include artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the 2018 San Francisco Electronic Music Festival as electronic duo OMMO, and performance piece Exuviae (2017).
Commissions include The Sun and the Moon (2015) for the Asian Art Museum, Chasing Medusa’s Ghosts (2016) for the SF MoMA publication Open Space, and What Love Is (2016) for the 2016 Jeju International Experimental Arts Festival.