The American cellist Julia Tom studied with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School of Music, while simultaneously earning a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University. Tom also studied with Frans Helmerson and Ralph Kirshbaum, and participated in masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, Anner Bylsma, Boris Pergamenschikow, David Geringas and Bernard Greenhouse. She was a finalist in the ARD Munich Competition and won the Grand Prize at the Torneo Internazionale di Musica Competition.
Tom has given solo performances with various orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and the Palo Alto Philharmonic.
Under the mentorship of the Alban Berg Quartett and the Melos Quartett, she worked with the Verano Quartet and the Oberon Trio. Tom served as principal cellist of the Philharmonische Gesellschaft Bremen and toured regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Julia Tom joined the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in January 2010. She is also a member of the Amsterdam Ensemble.
In 2017 she won the Prix de Salon, an annual prize awarded to RCO members by the orchestra's business circle.
Julia Tom plays a 1780 cello built by Anselmo Bellosio in Venice.