Julie Erikssen joins the IMEP teaching team

May 26, 2023 | Faculty, IMEP, News

There’s been a change in the voice department at IMEP – Paris College of Music, with Julie Erikssen joining the school’s teaching team from the start of the new academic year!

A gifted singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter, Julie Erikssen is one of those artists whose grace calls out to you. Her airy, haunting folk universe was discovered on her debut album, Out Of Chaos, which she wrote as a tribute to a speech by Charlie Chaplin (“Out Of Chaos, stars are born”).

At the IMEP, Julie Erikssen will teach the following courses:

  • Instrument lessons in small groups (1st year of the Professional Program)
  • Music Business (5th year of the Professional Program)
  • Open Cycle Instrumental Course
  • Open cycle ensemble lessons

My aim is to meet the musical needs of IMEP students and save them time professionally.

With a father who was a teacher, I’ve always had a passion for teaching, and I’m very happy to have the opportunity to pass on the codes of the profession that I’ve learnt through practice, the specifics of jazz singing, as well as the techniques I use to manage stress so as to stay at the service of the music and lots of other things to do with personal and artistic development.

Julie Erikssen started playing classical piano at the Brest Conservatoire at the age of 5, went on stage at the age of 13 and signed her first recording contract with Sony Music at just 19 (under the pseudonym “Jody”). She sings on the biggest stages (such as the Accor Arena or the Eiffel Tower in front of 300,000 people) and travels the television studios (she made a notable appearance on The Voice 3 France in 2014 in the teams of Florent Pagny and then Jenifer).

But it was to elegant traditional jazz that she turned, guided by masters such as Franck Amsallem and Laurent Courthaliac, and in which she has excelled on the Parisian and international scene for over 10 years. She has collaborated with a number of renowned artists (Manu Katché, Ali Jackson, Aaron Goldberg, to name but a few) who have been won over by her high standards, her authenticity and her extra soul.

Cover photo: Eric Mercier