Congratulations Pianist Julien Brocal BBC Music Magazine Award Winner
"This double debut – Julien Brocal's first CD and the launch of a new label devoted mainly to young artists – proves that even in a very crowded field there are new things to say," wrote BBC Music Magazine critic John Allison. "Even more to the point is the fact that this young French pianist says them with complete naturalness, for there is nothing contrived or attention-seeking about his approach to such well-known repertoire."
NEW RELEASE! Julien Brocal's new recording (out April 20) takes us to the border country between Spain and France - the Basque region and the two great pianist composers from that area, Spaniard Frederico Mompou and Frenchman Maurice Ravel. The two composers never met, but it is unlikely the shy, somewhat timid Mompou would have enjoyed the more flamboyant Ravel's company. In many respects the two composers were like the moon (Mompou) and the sun (Ravel), mirroring one another. The great Catalonian pianist Riccardo Viňes (1875-1943) is a direct link between the two men. He was the dedicatee of Ravel's Miroirs and of Mompou’s Charmes, both featured works on this recital. Julien Brocal achieves an astonishing tone performing on the piano once owned by Vladimir Horowitz, the Istomin – Horowitz Steinway CD18. The recording was made at the Tippet Rise Art Center, Montana with multi-Grammy Award-winning engineer Richard King.