One of the most gifted musicians of her generation, Juliette Pochin, soprano, has a hugely varied and successful career as singer, composer, arranger and record producer. She began her musical education at just six years old, studying the violin as a child at the Royal Academy of Music. She was awarded a choral scholarship to read music at Trinity College, Cambridge and went on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from which she graduated with distinction and the highest mark of her year.
Three years ago, whilst working as an opera singer, Juliette came to the attention of record company executives at Sony BMG – and was immediately signed to record her debut album, ‘Venezia’, released in 2006 to critical acclaim. Classic FM made it their ‘Record Of The Week’ and her voice even inspired renowned chocolatiers Hotel Chocolat to design and name the ‘Juliette’ chocolate.
Juliette’s operatic and concert career has led her to perform with many orchestras all over the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, CBSO and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and she is just as at home on the opera stage as in a pop concert having shared a stage with fellow artists as wide ranging as Sir Simon Rattle, Russell Watson, Aled Jones, Jonathan Ansell, Hayley Westenra, John Barrowman, Chris De Burgh and Meatloaf! Juliette can also be heard on the soundtracks to ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Star Wars – The Phantom Menace’ and is a regular national anthem singer at Wembley Stadium and the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff. She recently performed at the United Nations MDG Awards launch in Canada. In addition to her singing, Juliette composes and produces as one half of the partnership Morgan Pochin. TV credits include the EMMY/BAFTA award-winning ‘Kumars at No.42′ and ‘According to Bex’ (BBC1). She wrote and produced Katherine Jenkins’ No.1 album ‘Premiere’, which was nominated for a Classical Brit and has worked with artists as diverse as Julian Lloyd Webber (with whom she duets on ‘Venezia’) and Elton John. She has also orchestrated the opera ‘Tangier Tattoo’ for Glyndebourne and ‘Lorna Doone’ for the BBC.
Juliette says her greatest achievement in life is becoming a Mum to her 6 year old daughter, Anna. She was nicknamed ‘The Domestic Diva’ by the Daily Mail after they published her diary which detailed her often hysterical attempts to juggle her career with her family – as well as making all of her concert dresses and growing her own vegetables – with varying degrees of success!
Juliette’s debut solo album is called ‘Venezia’ and you can also hear her accompanied by Ian Burnside on the collection of Vaughan Williams songs, ‘The Sky Shall be our Roof’, as well as the compilations ‘Classical Voices’ and ‘Classical Greats’. She has recently put the finishing touches to her new album for release later this year, and will also feature on a new CD of the nation’s favourite poems by Brian Knowles for release in October 2008, as well as arranging and producing a new album for Classic FM/UCJ called ‘Songs Without Words’, out in September.