Julius Holtz was born in 1982 in Bremen and studied composition and acoustic communication in Berlin with Robert Henke. During his studies he has worked as a musician and composer in a variety of different environments. As an audio engineer and sound designer, Holtz worked at broadcasting companies and alongside the artists Maryanne Amacher, Cory Arcangel and Holly Herndon. Mainly he’s working as a freelance composer.
Holtz`s interest explores cross-genre interfaces between acoustic and electronic music. The most characteristic feature of his work is the combination of different musical styles (like free jazz, popular electronic music, and techno) with concepts of contemporary classical music and media arts. He incorporates these influences based on his personal experience rather than theoretically approaching the topic.
Furthermore, different modes of auditive perception and related neuronal processes are a major focus in Holtz´s work. He investigates in multisensory music by introducing interaction between visuals, spatial sound environments, and musical form.
Holtz often appears on stage as a performer of live-electronics. He performs in many of his pieces and has interpreted the music of his fellow composers. In recent years this practice has led to collaborations with Ensemble Mosaik, AGF and the choreographer Adam Linder.
Holtz has received funding and scholarships by the Senate of Berlin, Musikfonds, INM Berlin and the Goethe-Institut. His works have been presented at prestigious festivals and institutions. These include Wet Sounds Festival in London, Festival of Future Nows in Berlin, Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico City, Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Ultima Festival in Oslo, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin and the Goethe-Institut in Hanoi.