Julian Arp – Cello
Julian Arp was born in 1981 in northern Germany into a big family of musicians. When he heard one of his family practise the first Bach Cello Suite, he knew that he wanted to learn the cello. He had his first lessons at the age of six. In 2002 he began to study at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow. ‘He showed me how vital the engagement with other art forms such as literature, theatre and cinema are for the artistic development of a musician.’ In recent years he has enjoyed working intensely with György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados and Eberhard Feltz.
Julian made his solo debut in 1997. The same year he formed a duo with pianist Caspar Frantz, the Duo Arp Frantz. Together they perform all over Europe and have won several prizes. ‘Playing both chamber music with musicians I admire and playing as a soloist is my ideal.’ He is one of the founders and the artistic director of the festival Zeitkunst which explores the links between contemporary chamber music and literature. He is a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz.
Julian plays a new cello modelled on the Stradivari Stauffer Ex Christiani 1700 and made for him in Paris in 2010 by Stephan von Baehr.