Berklee Staff

Julien Osty

Berklee Student
Berklee Staff
Boston
Member since 2008

About Me

Julien Osty was born in southeast France in a city off of the Mediterranean Sea called Toulon. He experienced his first moments on stage when he was only nine months old when his mother who was a dressmaker for the Toulon Opera House placed him on stage in a cradle for a performance. These first moments in the spotlight must have been the catalyzing moments for young Julien because from that moment on some force keep drawing him back onto the stage. At the early age of six he started creating music on keyboard and three years later he began studying music more formerly with jazz guitarist Pascal Pittorino. During his lessons with Pascal, Julien learned finger-style as well as picking technique and then began learning jazz harmony and improvisational techniques.
It was Pascal who Julien credits with immensely influencing his style and for opening the doors of jazz for him. It was at this point that he started to listen to guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Mick Goodrick, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, and many others.

At 18, Julien had a signature guitar built for him, a Moscato Flame. This was also the time that he started seriously playing with a rock cover band called Shade on the Southeast Coast.

He received his Baccalaureate in Science in June of 2000.
In September of 2000, he moved to Nice to study at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis for Musicology and also studied jazz at the Conservatory of Nice. After travelling to Canada several times and attending the Jazz Festival in Montreal, Julien enrolled in an educational exchange program and attended the University of Montreal. In 2003 Julien successfully graduated and earned a Degree in Musicology.

In September of 2004 an important jazz department opened in the Conservatory in Toulon, Julien studied harmony, history of jazz, small ensemble, arranging for small and large ensemble, and big band with Nicolas Folmer.
Another person in the conservatory, who had a big influence on Julien’s playing and personality, was his teacher of Classical Guitar, Yves Dubreuil.

Julien completed all his studies at conservatory of Toulon in June of 2007 and earned a Complete D.E.M. (Diploma of musical studies) in Jazz Guitar with a Gold medal and a C.F.E.M. (Certificate of Musical Studies Achievement) in Classical Guitar. During those four years he became a member of the jazz and rock scene of the area, playing in several bands.

In March of 2006 Julien auditioned for the Berklee World Scholarship Tour in Paris and was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.

In the spring of 2008 Julien began studying at Berklee College of Music.
He had the chance to study with guitar teachers Jon Damian, Adam Rogers, Tim Miller and Mick Goodrick.
As a Berklee student, he has played guitar for several students’ senior recitals, has recorded projects as bassist and guitarist in Berklee Studios and plays often with the Berklee Jam Club.

During the time at Berklee, Julien won the Lennie Jonhson Award for students of outstanding musical ability and was awarded the Thayer A. Peck Memorial Scholarship.

In December 2009 Julien graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Performance Diploma.
Since his graduation he has been working as an accompanist for the Berklee Voice Department, performing in numerous concerts and recording for various artists.
Julien is currently working on his own compositions and upcoming projects.