Julius Drake – Piano
‘I studied to be a solo pianist through my teens at the Purcell School, but when I began to play chamber music with my fellow students at the Royal College of Music I realised then – it really was like a revelation – that this was what I wanted to do. I find playing with different people, each of whom brings very different ideas and views to the music, rejuvenating and inspiring.’
Julius acknowledges a strong debt to his first teacher Anthea Real, and to pianists Menahem Pressier and Geoffrey Parsons, who also helped develop his interest in chamber music. He has worked and recorded with many artists. He is greatly valued as an accompanist.
He has especially strong memories of his Wigmore Hall debut in 1983 when he got together with some wind-playing friends on a Sunday afternoon to play Poulenc. ‘To everyone’s amazement the concert was sold out and people were queuing out on the street. It was the most perfect way to appear for the first time at the Wigmore Hall.’
‘I am constantly stretched and stimulated by the music I play, and I’m inspired by the many marvellous friends and colleagues with whom I share the platform.’