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Drake, Julius (piano)
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Julius Drake (piano)

The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and specializes in chamber music, working with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and in the recording studio. He appears regularly at all the major music centres, including the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, and Salzburg music festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Philarmonie, Berlin; Châtelet and Musée de Louvre, Paris; La Scala, Milan; Liceu, Barcelona; Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna; and Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms in London.

Director of the Perth International Chamber Music Festival in Australia from 2000 to 2003, Julius Drake was also musical director of Deborah Warner’s staging of Janáček’s The Diary of one who Vanished, touring to Munich, London, Dublin, Amsterdam and New York. In 2009 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Machynlleth Festival in Wales. His passionate interest in song has led to invitations to devise song series for Wigmore Hall in London, the BBC and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. A series of song recitals—Julius Drake and Friends—in the historic Middle Temple Hall in London has featured recitals with many outstanding vocal artists. Julius Drake holds a professorship at the Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria, where he has a class for song pianists. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses worldwide; recently in Aldeburgh, Brussels, Utrecht, Cincinnati, Toronto, Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, Vienna and at the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien.

Julius Drake’s many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, of which three volumes have won Gramophone Awards. He has made live and studio recordings with renowned artists such as Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote, Joyce DiDonato, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Christopher Maltman and Matthew Polenzani. In instrumental music he has recorded an album of cello sonatas by Kodály with Natalie Clein, while his instrumental duo with the oboist Nicholas Daniel has been described in The Independent newspaper as ‘one of the most satisfying in British chamber music: vital, thoughtful and confirmed in musical integrity of the highest order’. Julius Drake is now embarked on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion.


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