The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field,
collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc.
He appears regularly at all the major music centres: the
Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall
and Lincoln Centre New York; the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Philarmonie Berlin; the Châtalet
and Musée de Louvre Paris; La Scala Milan and Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid; Musikverein and Konzerthaus
Vienna; and Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms London.
Julius Drake’s passionate interest in song has led to invitations to devise song series for the Wigmore Hall, London, the BBC and the Concertgebouw, 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 including Sir Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Iestyn Davies, Sergei Leiferkus, Dame Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Christoph Prégardien, and Sir Willard White.
Julius Drake’s many recordings include a widely acclaimed series with Gerald Finley for Hyperion, for which the Barber Songs, Schumann Heine Lieder and Britten Songs and Proverbs have won the 2007, 2009 and 2011 Gramophone Awards; award winning recordings with Ian Bostridge for EMI; several recitals for the Wigmore Live label, with among others Alice Coote, Joyce Didonato, Lorraine Hunt Liebersen, Christopher Maltman and Matthew Polenzani; and recordings of Tchaikovsky and Mahler with Christianne Stotijn for Onyx and English song with Bejun Mehta for Harmonia Mundi.
Julius Drake is now embarked on a major project to record the complete songs of Franz Liszt for Hyperion: the second disc in the series, with Angelika Kirchschlager, won the BBC Music Magazine Award for 2012.
Concerts in the coming seasons include recitals in his series, ‘Julius Drake and Friends’ at the historic Middle Temple Hall in London with Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Simon Keenlyside and Ian Bostridge as well as concerts at the Barbican, London and Teatro Zarzuelas, Madrid with Danielle De Niese, at Carnegie Hall, New York and Wigmore Hall, London with Alice Coote, in Florence, Vienna, Schwezingen and Wiesbaden with Gerald Finley, Madrid and Amsterdam with Sarah Connolly and London and the Schubertiade Festival with Christoph Prégardien.