Jazz vocalist and composer Julia Ehninger challenges the traditional repertoire boundaries. With her arresting stage presence, she connects with audiences, drawing people in from the first notes. Her warm, nimble voice and expansive musical tastes have led her to explore jazz standards as well as pop and experimental music.
Julia Ehninger has performed at numerous clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the United States. Her performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall New York, A-Trane Berlin, JazzOpen Stuttgart as well as big band tours of Abu Dhabi and Ecuador with the Baden-Württemberg Jazz Orchestra, and concerts in the Dominican Republic with the Weimar-based jazz collective Luna.
Julia released her second album Hidden Place (BERTHOLD records) in 2019. Her music combines contemporary jazz with pop and experimental music and thereby she creates a unique, light and virtuous sound. Ehninger’s compositions are characterized by complex harmonies and unexpected melodies, playfully flirting with pop tunes and lingering in the imagination. In 2016, she released her first record as a leader on Unit Records. The album Im Wandel featured Ehninger’s original compositions with German lyrics.
Julia Ehninger was a scholar of the Foundation of German Business and studied jazz performance and music education at the Liszt School of Music Weimar and at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. She was enrolled in the jazz performance program at Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Gretchen Parlato and Theo Bleckmann and was supported by a DAAD-scholarship. Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis as a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).