Júlia Karosi was born to a musical family. Her mother is a renowned opera singer in Hungary, and her brother is an international award-winning concert organist. She has started to play the piano and violin when she was six, and she sung in school choirs at an early age. Soon she became interested in many areas of creative arts; she wrote poems, composed music, and took acting lessons. Her interest in human studies led her to win a distinguished award at the National High School Philosophy Contest in 2001. This award served her as a springboard to enter the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest majoring in Aesthetics and Philosophy. She earned two Master’s Degrees in 2006. While at the University, she turned her interest towards Jazz, and started studying it in a more rigorous manner. She entered a private music school to study with Gábor Winand. She graduated in the faculty of jazz-singing at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in 2011.
In 2009 she got the Jury’s Special Mention of the Voicingers International Jazz Competition For Singing Musicians in Zory, Poland. In 2010 after an audition to a Talent-mentor Program organized by the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, the jury chose her as one of the five students who deserves a special mentoring. In 2011 at the Jazz Combo Competition organized by the Hungarian Jazz Federation her Quartet won the second prize with the singer’s composition “Sketches”. In 2012 she has participated in the Finals of Crest Jazz Vocal, France.
Júlia established her own Quartet in 2009. Their repertoire consists mostly of original compositions. Their sound is a mixture of classical music and modern jazz, their sounding is sensible, delicate, looking for a clear-out sonority. The band has performed in various jazz clubs and well-known jazz venues. Júlia’s first album containing ten original compositions with the title Stroller of the City Streets has been released in February, 2012.
“To roam, to ramble is the one experience, the strongest link that connects the songs, that’s why my album is entitled Stroller of the City Streets. The order of the ten songs reflects the journey the listener can join me on, from searching through roaming and strolling, all the way to arriving at your goal.” (Interview in Fidelio Online Magazine, 18 February 2012.)
The album was released by the Japanese Whereabouts Records in December, 2012. Remarkably, the Japanese Label released two albums at the same time. You Stepped Out of a Dream an EP including four covers came out also in December in Japan.
Júlia’s new album was released in April 2014 at a New York based jazz label: Dot Time Records. The album will contain her original compositions and some folk song covers as well. They will perform at the prestigious Jazzahead Festival in Germany with her Quartet featuring Tobias Meinhart on saxophone.