The pianist Julius Drake lives in London and specializes in the field of chamber music, working with many of the world’s leading vocal and instrumental artists, both in recital and on disc. He appears at all the major music centres: in recent seasons concerts have regularly taken him to the Edinburgh, Munich, Salzburg, Schubertiade, and Tanglewood Festivals; to Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center, New York; the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Châtalet, Paris; the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna; and the Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms in London.
Director of the Perth International Chamber Music Festival in Australia from 2000 to 2003, Julius Drake was also musical director in Deborah Warner’s staging of Janácek’s Diary of One Who Vanished, touring to Munich, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, and New York. Julius Drake’s passionate interest in song has led to invitations to devise song series for the Wigmore Hall, London (Britten Songs, Schubert Song Diary, Songs of the Nineties) the BBC, (Complete Songs of Fauré) and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (Brahms Songs).
A series of song recitals—Julius Drake and Friends—in the historic Middle Temple Hall in London, includes recitals with many outstanding artists including Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Ian Bostridge, Phillip Langridge, Jonathan Lemalu, Amanda Roocroft, and Willard White. Julius Drake is also a frequent visitor to international chamber music festivals and is invited regularly to give masterclasses, most recently in Amsterdam, Baden bei Wien, Graz, and Oxford. In 2006 he was invited on to the jury of The Leeds International Pianoforte Competition.
Recent discs include Mahler, Schumann and Haydn with Alice Coote; Charles Ives with Gerald Finley; French Song with Lynne Dawson; Schoeck Cello Sonatas with Christian Poltera; Fauré’s La Bonne Chansonwith Ian Bostridge and the Belcea Quartet; Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhornsongs with Christianne Stotijn; and both a “Wigmore Live” and a Spanish Song disc with Joyce Didonato.