French pianist Julien Brocal receives the Newcomer Award of the Year from BBC Music Magazine

Debut Album praised by international critic

The jury of the prestigious British ceremony has rewarded last night, the French pianist Julien Brocal with the special prize “Newcomer Award of the year“, for his debut album dedicated to Chopin. (View the article about this album :

Each year, the BBC Music Magazine Awards select the best recordings in seven different categories: vocal, chamber, instrumental, concerto, choral, opera and orchestral. Several great artists have already received this award: Philippe Jaroussky, Leif Ove Odsnes or Simon Rattle …

Julien Brocal has also just recorded a new album, “Reflections“, in which he makes meet works of Ravel and Mompou (View the article :

By Julien Brocal

“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.

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