Julie Fortier Sturzenegger
Born in Aix-en-Provence in 1976, Julie Fortier started studying piano by taking private lessons with Ms Courtin. She subsequently continued her studies in Clara Worringer's class at the Conservatoire (Conservatory), where she received a First Place Medal for piano and chamber music.
She was then accepted into the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève (Advanced Music Conservatory of Geneva) where she studied piano under Dominique Weber while tackling accompaniment at the same time under Ursula Rüttimann. Fortier earned diplomas in both disciplines.
She continued to study piano under Weber at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Sion (Advanced Conservatory of Sion), winning the conservatory's coveted "Prix de Virtuosité avec Distinction" award.
While studying music, Fortier appeared as a soloist with various orchestras (especially the Académie Varga, conducted by Maestro Tibor Varga) and won the First Prize for Chamber Music, awarded by the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève, in 2000.
Since 2001 she has appeared regularly with her husband, Christophe Sturzenegger, and together they have performed as duo sforzando (piano four hands and horn-piano). She has also played in various orchestras at one-off concerts. Fortier currently teaches piano at the Conservatoire de Genève (Conservatory of Geneva) and accompanies the upper-level flute and trombone classes (Bellavance, Zoon, Bandini).
As part of duo sforzando, she released her first CD on the Lausanne-based GALLO label (2004) and was a finalist in the International Web Concert Hall Competition in 2006.