Julius Drake

Where are they now? Julius Drake

In a new series we look back at some of the artists whose formative years included performances at Bath Recitals. Today they are household names. This month we find out about pianist Julius Drake…

Julius performed with Bath Recitals – then the Bath Recitals Artists’ Trust – back in March 1986 in a recital at the Pump Room with oboist Nick Daniel (above) in a programme of Britten, Schumann & Poulenc. 

This musical pairing with Nicholas Daniel has developed into a longstanding partnership alongside recitalists such as Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, Felicity Lott, Mark Padmore and Willard White.

Watch Julius talking about this role as a pianist working with one of the great singers in the world, mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron.

Julius has developed a special affinity for the music of Robert Schumann and he is now a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and a visiting professor at the Royal Northern College of Music.

He has also directed festivals around the world including the Perth International Chamber Music Festival 2000-03, Leeds Lieder Festival 2009 and the 2009-11 Machynlleth Festival in Wales.

Drake’s numerous recordings include playing on screen in David Alden’s 1997 film of Schubert’s Winterreise for Channel 4 with Ian Bostridge.

Since it was established in 1981, Bath Recitals has staged over 600 concerts and events featuring emerging young professional musicians – many from leading conservatories both from the UK and abroad. Bath Recitals provides an essential platform in the musical world, enabling the best of our future musicians to rise successfully to the top of their professions.