“Poetry, spontaneity, restraint and a profound sense of the structure and awareness of sound are rare qualities with which he is gifted”. Maria-João Pires
Julien trained under Erik Berchot at the Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille and under Rena Shereshevskaya at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, where he was unanimously awarded the prestigious performer diploma. Throughout his training Julien has benefited from the support of the Zaleski Foundation, Association Assophie and the Safran Foundation. He has been invited to appear on France Musique by Gaëlle le Gallic and to take part in several festivals in France. From his early childhood he has performed on stage in France and abroad. Julien was spotted in January 2013 by Maria-João Pires during an academy session at the Cité de la musique in Paris, and was subsequently invited to perfect his skills at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.
Most recently, he collaborated with Dutch cellist Lidy Blijdorp for her debut album, Journeyers, featuring new arrangements of Ravel for piano and cello. His latest solo project will be out Spring 2020.
OUT NOW! The calming, pure voice of Cai Thomas accompanied by pianist Julien Brocal in Vater Unser (Our Father) by Arvo Part is the perfect piece of music for these worrying times, and the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of life in lockdown.
For his debut recording the young French pianist has chosen the 24 preludes and 2nd Piano Sonata of Frederic Chopin. Composed during the years 1838-39, these works date from the beginning of the composers relationship with the writer George Sand.