15 September 2014
Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg - Russia
Skazka, Scherzo No. 3, Russian Song, Scherzo No. 4
17 June 2014
Herzen University Hall, St. Petersburg - Russia
Skazka & Russian Song
14 June 2014
The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio
Warsaw - Poland
4 March 2014
Saint Petersburg - Russia
Other Cochran Concerts
16 Dec 2013
New York - USA
14 Dec 2013
Recital at the Jewish Museum of New York, USA
1 Dec 2012
Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
28 Nov 2012
Konzerthouse in Berlin
4 December 2012
Recital at the Concertgebouw in Bruges - Belgium
1 December 2012
Recital in Amsterdam Concertgebouw - The Netherlands
28 November 2012
Recital in the Berlin Konzerthaus - Germany
25 November 2012
Live broadcast on Netherlands Radio.
22 November 2012
Recital at the Sauter Piano Factory in Spaichingen, Germany.
11 November 2012
Recital in Elder Hall - Adelaide University, South Australia.
9 November 2012
Concert at Kinross Wolaroi - Orange, NSW. Includes solo repertoire, plus a performance of Mozart's C minor Concerto, conducted from the keyboard.
2 November 2012
Recital at Kambala School, Rose Bay - Sydney.
14 September 2012
Recital at Luther College - Croydon, Melbourne.
Other concerts with this programme include recitals in Vienna, Slovenia, Hungary & Kosovo, & second recital in Berlin.
For concert details please visit gilsullivan.com.au
NEW CD RECORDING
of Mazurkas Nos. 1, 4 & 5, Preludes Nos. 7, 8, Scherzi Nos. 1, 2, Russian Song now available
NEW CD RECORDING
of Mazurkas No. 2 & 3, Romanian Dances Nos. 2, 3 & 4, Animation Suite now available
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my honor to invite you to participate in the 2015 Cochran Piano Competition, the winner receiving a three-day recording session at the Polish Radio's Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw, Poland.
Director of the Competition
Press Release: 2015 Cochran Piano Competition
Born in the UK city of Cambridge on 14 June 1974, Julian Cochran originally trained in pure mathematics before focusing on a career in music and emerging as one of the world's most strikingly original composers.
Steeped in tradition yet breathtakingly fresh, Cochran's piano-writing style and technique have seen him become widely influential, and numerous Cochran concert tours have been performed to great public acclaim in Europe's principal concert halls. Esteemed pianist Gil Sullivan, acknowledged as the finest interpreter of Mozart in the world, performed Cochran at New York's Carnegie Hall to a standing ovation.
In addition to his works entering the standard piano-solo concert repertoire, Cochran is famed for his improvised performances on piano, which are widely treasured for their inventiveness. The master composer is also renowned for executing full-length public concerts comprised entirely of this work and has recorded 100 hours of innovative, dramatic and alluring improvisations.
Cochran's written works demonstrate a great regard for the piano traditions of Liszt, Balakirev and more recent composers such as Ravel and Prokofiev. Piano Sonata No. 2, for instance, can be viewed as an extension of Prokofiev's rhythmic sophistication and advanced harmonics. Even his more difficult pieces are marked by elegance and refinement.
Highlighted by the aesthetic characteristics of Eastern European folk music, Cochran's comprehensive body of work includes a book of dances, Russian Toccata, eight Preludes for Piano Forte, four Scherzi, five Romanian Dances, Animation Suite (including Tin Sentinel, Dancing Clock, Fire Dance and Wooden Dolls), five Mazurkas, the impressionistic two-part piano solo work Maelstrom and three piano sonatas.
Cochran's orchestral and chamber music includes a trio for violin and oboe (involving the Greek legend of Artemis), a sextet for string quartet, oboe and bassoon, choral works and Symphonic Tale for orchestra comprising Russian Song and Skazka and two grand Scherzi.
Concert pianists and students alike delight in mastering Cochran's piano works and discovering the intelligence, charm and surprises existing within some of the most exquisite and artistic piano writing of our time. Gil Sullivan describes Cochran's works as "exhibiting striking individuality and personality, and exuding a dramatic intensity and power rare in this era".
London based Conductor Levon Parikian writes: "We hear extreme virtuosity in some of these admirably concise and expertly-tailored compositions. Hearteningly, though, this virtuosity is always in the service of the music, rather than an empty display of flashy pyrotechnics."
Julian Cochran immigrated to Australia in 1978 and currently resides in the South Australian city of Adelaide. His manuscripts are maintained at juliancochran.org.