Russian mezzo-soprano Yulia Matochkina became gold medallist and 1st prizewinner at the XV Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015. Graduate of the Petrozavodsk State Conservatoire, she entered the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers in 2008. Her debut on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre followed in 2009 in the role of Cherubino. Since then she has built up a significant repertoire with major roles such as Eboli (Don Carlo), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Didon (Les Troyens), Carmen (Carmen), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Ježe-Baba (Rusalka by Antonín Dvo?ák), Dulcinée (Don Quichotte), Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Polina (The Pique Dame), the title role of Salammbô and the mezzo-soprano part in Verdi’s Requiem. She has appeared under the baton of Valery Gergiev with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Edinburgh International Festival, at the Gergiev Festival Mikkeli in Finland, at the BBC Proms, at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and at Carnegie Hall.