WHY DO I COMPOSE?
I see composing music as an opportunity for self-awareness. As an artist, I believe composition is an ideal medium for expression. I am greatly influenced by my own struggles, obstacles and accomplishments, and I use music as a means of expressing those feelings and thoughts, when words cannot speak. I feel awakened to explore my personal aesthetics and aspired to create a connection between my music and the listener on deeper levels. While composing, I find a means of self-expression that I cannot express in words, but can express through sound. I believe each line of music tells a story. I strive to create a visual, auditory journey to guide my listeners to explore their own self-awareness, and to use my music as a gateway to finding a sense of closure when overwhelmed with ineffable emotion.
Creating music, for me, is an opportunity for self-expression. Our compositions reveal so much about our human side — our loves, our dreams, our fears. Composing provides us with an opportunity to communicate our ‘human-ness’ to those around us. I believe composition is an ideal medium for expression. In my works, I try to create a musical illusion to invoke the realms of our imagination — to help my listeners picture vivid landscapes in their minds. I spend a great deal of time writing for film. I find it very intriguing to isolate the movements of humans and objects in films, and aim to find a way to reveal an inseparable bond between motion and sound.
I continue to have the privilege of working closely with many talented performers, filmmakers, conductors and artists, and I'm able to draw on their knowledge, which makes composition a compelling, collaborative process. My works all follow a distinct style of my own, that is heartfelt, often intense, and unearths my own transcendent experience of music.
Julijana Hajdinjak (b. 1996 - Scarborough, Ontario) is an award-winning Canadian-Croatian composer, soprano, songwriter, conductor and teacher based in Mississauga, Ontario. Her works have been performed and read across Canada by ensembles including the Laurier Orchestra, the Via Choralis Choir, Choirs for Change, Vera Causa Opera, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Elektra Women's Choir, George Brown College and the world renowned Penderecki String Quartet. Recently, Arcady announced that Julijana was the winner of their Emerging Composer Competition with her piece, Moonset. In May 2019, Julijana won a MARTY Award in the Emerging Music Instrumental category. Julijana is also a film composer, and actively works in the film industry on a variety of genres from documentaries to shorts to tv episodes. Her film credits can be found on IMDb or on her FILM page.
She has been fascinated by music since the early age of three. Her passion for music is fuelled by her joy of creating and expressing herself. While Julijana received private piano instruction with Cynthia Kaarto, she also attended the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park Secondary School where she majored in Voice. Being a member of Cawthra Park's Chamber Choir, under the direction of Bob Anderson, she had the opportunity to perform with Cirque du Soleil numerous times, and even with The Rolling Stones at the Air Canada Centre in 2013.
She has graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music with distinction majoring in Contemporary Music: Composition. She studied composition with Linda Catlin Smith and Glenn Buhr, and was the Teaching Assistant for Buhr's composition course in 2018.
Julijana is a member of The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC). She is also the founder of Fortepiano Music Studio, her own music school and composition studio.