Julia Brooke was born in Germany and raised in Sydney. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium under the guidance of Saul Lewis and Andrew Bain, before moving to Melbourne in 2010 to continue studies at the Australian National Academy of Music.
She has performed with all of the orchestras around Australia, and played horn and Wagner tuba in Wagner's Ring Cycle in Melbourne in 2013. Julia was a 2009 recipient of the Big Brother scholarship, enabling her to complete a study tour of Britain and Germany. During this time she received lessons from Marie-Luise Neunecker, Michael Thompson and Ab Koster amongst others.
She also participated in two international tours with the Australian Youth Orchestra (2007 and 2010), which gave her the privilege of performing at some of the world’s leading concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Since joining WASO in 2014, Julia has also been playing chamber music with Ensemble Vagabond, something that she feels is the perfect complement to orchestral playing. When not playing music, you will find Julia enjoying Perth’s eternal sunshine, wine regions, and recreating Yotam Ottolenghi’s entire recipe collection.
The WASO Horn Section is partnered by Rod & Margaret Marston