Originally from Limoges, France, Julie Desbordes’ love for music began from the moment she picked up the cornet at age 8.She is now a sought after conductor, trumpeter and teacher residing in Manhattan, New York City.Julie was recently appointed Associate Conductor for The Chelsea Symphony, as well as their Associate Conductor of Education and Outreach.She performs with several New York-based groups, from chamber music (The Brass Standard) to various symphonic orchestras.Ms. Desbordes is also the Site Director, Trumpet Instructor and Orchestra Conductor for the Harmony Program (Harlem), inspired by El Sistema.In addition, she is a Score Consultant for the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Productions.
As a trumpeter, Julie started performing internationally at a young age (France, Germany, Spain, U.S. and Canada).Her love of a wide variety of musical styles has led to musical adventures ranging from pop groups to big bands, from Broadway (Evita, 2012, NYC) to traditional ensembles and various orchestras such as Harmonie Municipale de Limoges (of which she later became the Assistant Conductor and Assistant Director from 2004-2007).As a teacher, Julie searches to expand her pedagogy with activities that develop musical skills, team spirit, and physical and emotional awareness.She maintains a private teaching studio as well as working for the Harmony Program.
Ms. Desbordes holds Bachelors and Masters performance degrees in both Trumpet and Conducting from the Conservatoire of Montreal. She holds additional degrees and certifications from the Conservatoire of Bordeaux (where she was awarded first prizes in both trumpet and chamber music), and the Conservatoire of Limoges (prizes in analyzing and conducting). She has also studied with Anthony Plog (Germany), Manu Mellaerts (Belgium), Antoine Cure (Paris) and David Fedderly (Baltimore).Ms. Desbordes is currently receiving additional conducting instruction from Maestro Gustav Meier in Baltimore.