Julia Eckhardt, born in Berlin, is altviolinist in the field of composed and improvised contemporary music. After her studies viola in Rotterdam and Brussels, she worked with several chamber music ensembles and was a member of the National Orchestra of Belgium. Since 1996 she is artistic responsible for Q-O2, first ensemble for contemporary experimental and improvised music and since 2006 workspace for music and soundart. Since 2001, Eckhardt is a member of Incidental Music (with Manfred Werder and Normisa Pereiera da Silva), an international ensemble for conceptual music. She lives and works in Brussels.