Julia Zuzanna Sokolowska
Julia is a multi award-winning composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Since graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she has worked as a composer and orchestrator for many high-profile productions including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Empire and Hollywood feature films like Book of Life, Divos! and many more. Julia has arranged for major pop and R&B artists including Elton John, Rod Steward, Anthony Hamilton, Kendrick Lamar, NAS, Judith Hill, El DeBarge, David Foster, India Arie, Leona Lewis, Matt Morrison, Richard Smallwood and many others. Julia began her career in 2012 by working alongside Chris Walden and David Foster on producing Matt Morrison’s debut album featuring Elton John. Under this production team, she arranged albums including Rod Steward’s Merry Christmas, Baby, Christopher Cross’s Greatest Songbook, The Oscars and Hollywood Bowl shows including: Tribute to Ray Charles featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Count Basie Big Band featuring Arturo Sandoval, Babyface, Martina McBride and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
In 2013 Julia started working as an arranger for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. From there she began a series of collaborations with artists like Anthony Hamilton, Mary Mary, El DE Barge, Judith Hill and California Philharmonic. In 2014, alongside the composer Phil Eisler and orchestrator Tim Davies, Julia orchestrated for Minions, Book of Life, Empire, Revenge, Troll Hunters and other films and TV shows. In 2015 she orchestrated for Motorcycle Diaries at the Hollywood Bowl and a year later she founded the arranging group Hollywood Arrangers.
Julia has since written iconic film scores for many Hollywood productions including Destino by Walt Disney and Salvador Dali, Beauty and the Beast at the Bowl, Divos!, Sailing Through Life, Aylesbury Estate, The Whistle for PBS and international film The Unconsciousness.
In 2018 Julia created the highly acclaimed all-female film scoring group Illuminating Music in order to promote gender diversity in Hollywood. This prestigious group has already created cinematic scores for several independent films including Sailing Through Life, This Is Your Song, Texas Tall Tales, Numbers Game and others.