Yulia Rice, originally from Moscow, Russia, was trained as a concert pianist. She competed in several international piano competitions after receiving her master's Degree from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. She worked as an accompanist at the Moscow Conservatory. She also received a master's Degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. She has received numerous awards in both Russia and the United States. Since moving to Atlanta, she has been staff organist/pianist at Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church (since 2000) and an accompanist for the Atlanta Ballet (since 2001), where she has also lectured on music history and theory. She teaches a piano studio of approximately 30 students and is a freelance accompanist for professional soloists. Rice accompanies ballet classes for the Emory Dance Program.