The Swiss soprano and writer, Julia Schiwowa, studied singing at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, graduated with distinction in 2007 and was a member of the Swiss Opera Studio in 2007-2009, In 2007, she won the Berti-Alter-Preis and the Marguerite Meister-Preis and was a scholarship holder of the Schweizerischen Studienstiftung from 2002 to 2007. After studying, the focus of her work was on Early Music. She received her opera diploma from the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in 2009,
Julia Schiwowa began her concett activity in 2006. In 2009, she founded her own ensemble (Julia Schiwowa & Band). Her first CD, entitled "c'est la vie", was released in 2010. Since then, she has performed several productions on her own, including " Soll und Haben – ein Finanzliederabend!" (2010-2011), "The Fatal Hour" (2012), "Paris, je t'aime!" (2013) and "Incroyable!" (2014). In 2016, her album "Le Röschtigraben" appeared with new chansons by Marbour/Schiwowa on Spring & Fall Music and the stage programme of the same name celebrated premiere. She has been part of the Close Harmony Formation The Sam Singers since 2012. She is also a member of and the Chor der J.S. Bach-Stiftung (Director: Rudolf Lutz)
Besides her work as a singer, Julia Schiwowa writes. Her first book Die gesunde Stimme. Ein Ratgeber zur Gesunderhaltung der Stimme und zum Umgang mit Stimmstörungen (The Healthy Voice. A guide to the health of the voice and the handling of voice disorders) was published in 2008 by Nepomuk Verlag, Basel. Her second book Schoggi-Berliner zum Mitnehmen! was published in 2015. She is a co-founder of the international Initiative "art but fair". Together with Dr. med. Salome Zwicky she did research activities in the area of voice recognition in collaboration with the Universitäts Spital Basel and the Universitätsklinik Erlangen. She was a member of the Forschungsschwerpunktes Musik (research music center) of the ZhdK (2010-2014). She is a private singing teacher since 2006. She worked as teacher at at the Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland (2010-2011); taught at at the Musikschule Zürcher Oberland (2011-2014); and gave Workshop on Voice Hygiene at the ZhdK (2013) and Presentations / Workshops on the Value of Art at the UdK Berlin (2014-2015). Since 2015 she has been Managing Director of the Sing Stimm Zentrum Zürich.
Julia Zhivova is the mother of two children and lives with her family at Lake Zürich.