Julia Semenova studied singing and piano since early childhood in the Children's Art School No. 2 in Kopeisk, Chelyabinsk Region. In 2007, she won admission to the Chelyabinsk Music School that few years later was renamed to the Tchaikovsky South Ural State Institute of Arts. Julia studied opera singing and chamber singing with Assoc. Prof. Elena Semionidi.
During her studies, Julia participated in various festivals and competitions:
- Laureate (II degree) at the All-Russian Competition "Young Singers of the Urals", Chelyabinsk, Russia,
- Diploma winner at I degree of the international contest-festival “Wind Rose”, Moscow, Russia,
- A soloist at the Eurochestries music festival in France,
- A participant of the festival of arts in Ferrier, Italy,
- Laureate (II degree) at the international contest-festival "Yuzhnouralsk – Salzburg", Yuzhnouralsk, Russia,
- Prize winner at the 6th All-Russian (Open) Contest-Festival of Russian Romance "White Acacia", Yoshkar-Ola, Russia,
- Prize winner at the 9th International Vocal Competition of Yekaterinburg in the nomination "Musicianship", Yekaterinburg, Russia,
- Finalist and special prize winner for the best performance of works by Georgy Sviridov at the 5th All-Russian Valeria Barsova (Open) Competition of Young Singers, Sochi, Russia,
- Prize winner for the best performance of the works by Mussorgsky at the 1st International Mussorgsky Competition of Vocalists, Yekaterinburg, Russia,
- Laureate (I degree) at the All-Russian Competition of Vocalists "Orpheus", Chelyabinsk, Russia
Elena received government grants from the Ministry of Culture of Chelyabinsk Region for her concert activities, successful appearances at festivals and competitions, and excellent grades. She is a scholarship holder supported by the Governor of Chelyabinsk Region, the Administration of Chelyabinsk and the Parliament of the Chelyabinsk Region. She received an award from the Presidential Program aimed at supporting the talented youth.
Elena has taken masterclasses with Vladislav Pyavko (Moscow), Vera Baeva (Ekaterinburg), Maria Lyudko (St. Petersburg), Svetlana Zaliznyak (Yekaterinburg), Margarita Vladimirova (Yekaterinburg), Larisa Yudina (St. Petersburg), Sergey Murzaev (Moscow), Nikolai Golyshev (Yekaterinburg), Elena Obraztsova (Russia), Khibla Gerzmava (Russia), Mati Palm (Estonia), Sergey Leiferkus (Russia), and Johannes Von Duisburg (Hungary).
In June 2018, together with the instrumental group of the Folk Dance Ensemble "Ural" under the baton of conductor Valery Ostanin, Elena won the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Arts "Joy on the Black Sea Coast" in Aheloy, Bulgaria.