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Julien Brocal

JULIEN BROCAL

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'Poetry, spontaneity, restraint, and a profound sense of structure and awareness of sound are rare qualities that he displays.' Maria João Pires. 

In April, Julien won the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award in recognition of his 'spellbinding' debut release, works by Chopin: Les états d'Ame. Opus Klassiek described it as 'great Chopin, transparent and warm at the same time, fabulously played in both the left and the right, dosed with masterful touch and filled with an inexpressible longing for something that is impossible and yet somehow materialises. In short, we are in the unfathomable realm of a Lipatti, Pollini, Blechacz . . . sometimes even Cortot’. In March, Julien released his second album, Reflections: Mompou & Ravel, produced by multi-Grammy Award-winning engineer Richard King, and this too is accumulating equally effusive plaudits. 

Julien was born in 1987 in Arles, France, started learning the piano at the age of five and in 2013 began working with Maria João Pires at the Cité de la Musique in Paris. She invited him to continue his studies at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel in Belgium and to be one of the founding members of the Partitura Project, an initiative dedicated to bringing classical music out of the concert halls and in front of new audiences.

Maria and Julien have performed together all over the world, and also given many workshops together and launched educational and social programs for children. Julien is now resident in Belgais, at the Centre for Arts.