Julijana Hajdinjak (b. 1996 – Scarborough, Ontario) is an award-winning Canadian-Croatian composer, soprano, songwriter, conductor and teacher based in Mississauga, Ontario. Her works have been recognized, performed and read across Canada by ensembles including the Laurier Orchestra, the Via Choralis Choir, Choirs for Change, Vera Causa Opera, Arcady, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Elektra Women’s Choir, George Brown College and the world renowned Penderecki String Quartet. Julijana is also a film composer, and actively works in the film industry on a variety of genres from documentaries to shorts to TV episodes.
She has been fascinated by music since the early age of three. Her passion for music is fueled by her joy of creating and expressing herself. While Julijana received private piano instruction with Cynthia Kaarto, she also attended the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park Secondary School where she majored in Voice. Being a member of Cawthra Park’s Chamber Choir, under the direction of Bob Anderson, she had the opportunity to perform with Cirque du Soleil numerous times, and even with The Rolling Stones at the Air Canada Centre in 2013.
She has graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Music with distinction majoring in Contemporary Music: Composition. She studied composition with Linda Catlin Smith and Glenn Buhr, and was the Teaching Assistant for Buhr’s composition course in 2018.
Julijana is a member of The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC). In September 2018, she began her post as Assistant Director and Conductor of the Canadian Croatian Choral Society’s Youth Choir. She is also the founder of Fortepiano Music Studio, her own music school and composition studio.