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Julian Cochran

Julian Cochran (b 14 June 1974) is one of Britain's leading composers and an influential exemplary of piano writing style and technique. Renowned pianists such as Gil Sullivan, recognized as "The finest interpreter of Mozart in the world" (Südhessen Woche - Germany), performed Cochran at Carnegie Hall (New York) to a standing ovation and numerous concert tours of Cochran were performed throughout Europe's principal concert halls to great public acclaim.

Concert pianists and students delight in mastering Cochran's piano works and discovering the intelligence, charm and surprises within some of the most exquisite artistic piano writing of our time.

Analysis of Cochran's music demonstrates the great regard he had for the piano traditions of Liszt and Balakirev and more recent composers such as Ravel and Prokofiev. For example, Piano Sonata No. 2 can be viewed as an extension of Prokofiev's rhythmic sophistication and advanced harmonics. Even Cochran's most difficult pieces, however, are marked by elegance and refinement.

In the words of Gil Sullivan, Cochran's music ".. exhibits striking individuality and personality and exudes a dramatic intensity and power rare in this era". The music is highlighted by aesthetic characteristics of the folk music of Eastern Europe. Among the works are a book of dances, Russian Toccata, eight Preludes for Piano Forte, three Scherzos, five Romanian Dances, Animation Suite (including Tin Sentinel, Wooden Dolls and Fire Dance), five Mazurkas, a Waltz, the impressionistic two-part piano solo work Maelstrom and three piano sonatas. Cochran's orchestral and chamber music includes a trio for violin and oboe trio (involving the Greek legend of Artemis), sextet for string quartet, oboe and bassoon, the orchestral work Russian Song and choral works.

Julian Cochran was born in Cambridge and resides in Adelaide, South Australia. Formally trained as a pure mathematician he immigrated to Australia in 1978 and at 14 was awarded an early scholarship for piano performance followed by a Licentiate in Music at the Elder Conservatorium.