Julia Jones er født I 1961 og startede med at studere klaver, klarinet og sang på Chethams Music School. Hun fortsatte sine musikstudier ved University of Bristol og afsluttede senere sin B.A Honours grad i 1983 og læste videre på Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Julia Jones arbejder nu som Music Director for symfoniorkesteret i Wuppertal og er kendt for sin præcision og følsomhed i sine fortolkninger.
Known for the “searing intensity” (The Guardian) of her interpretations and the “great lightness and clarity” (Deutschlandradio Kultur) of her Mozart, Julia Jones has conducted several new productions of Idomeneo, at houses including Staatsoper Hamburg, Semperoper Dresden and Oper Frankfurt.
In recent seasons she has appeared at Oper Frankfurt (Falstaff), Opéra national du Rhin (L’elisir d’amore), Seattle Opera (Die Zauberflöte), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Die Zauberflöte and Carmen), Den Norske Opera (Der fliegende Holländer and La traviata) and Royal Swedish Opera (Aida).
Other notable appearances have included the Vienna, Berlin and Munich State Operas, Vienna Volksoper, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Maggio Musicale di Firenze, Washington National Opera, and the Salzburg Festival.
In the concert hall, she has conducted orchestras including Staatskapelle Dresden, Mozarteumsorchester Salzburg, Gürzenich-Orchester, Tonkünstlerorchester Austria, Dortmunder Philharmoniker and the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra.
Julia is currently General Music Director at the opera house and symphony orchestra in Wuppertal, Germany. She has previously held positions as Chief Conductor at Theater Basel (1998-2002), and Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (2008-2011). In Wuppertal she has recently conducted enthusiastically received new productions of Luisa Miller, Le nozze di Figaro and La bohème and conducts a series of orchestral concerts showing her signature programming style of combining well known works with little known gems of the repertoire, as well as world premieres.