« A sense of poetry, of alternate spontaneity and restraint, a profound understanding of structure and a true awareness of sound…these are some of the rare qualities he demonstrates. »


Maria-João Pires

Born in 1987 in Arles, France, Julien began learning the piano at the age of 5. He was taught by Erik Berchot and Rena Shereshevskaya at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot and in 2013 began working with Maria João Pires at the Cité de la Musique in Paris..
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Julien Brocal has a lot to live up to, and this disc…does so beautifully. The Guardian  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Julien’s Debut Album on France Musique

Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier et Emilie Munera are talking about Julien’s debut Album on France Musique, french Classical Radio, being very enthusiastic about his interpretation of the Preludes Op. 28, praising his poetic, intense and passionate playing. You can listen to this review on the Podcast from 19′ min to 35’30 min. https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/en-pistes/actualite-du-disque-puccini-gounod-stamitz-32153
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Record Review on BBC Radio 3 by Andrew McGregor

Andrew McGregor and guests review the best recordings of classical music on BBC Radio 3. Julien’s debut album is reviewed with an extract of the Sonata n°2 Op. 35 at 1:56:00 of the podcast : http://bbc.in/2kd01T2  « You can hear the qualities Pires admires in his playing, there is a kind of meditative poetry to the Op.
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