Ukrainian composer Julia Gomelskaya was born on 11 March 1964 in Saratov in the USSR. She studied piano at the Simpheropol Tchaikovsky Musical College and composition with Oleksandr Krasotov at the Odessa National A V Nezhdanova Music Academy. She took part in the 1994 Gaudeamus Foundation workshop in Amsterdam, with Ton de Leeuw and Nigel Osborne. She later studied with Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London UK.
Julia Gomelskaya died on 4 December 2016 in Odessa Oblast, as a result of a car accident, aged fifty-two.