At the age of sixteen, Julian Trevelyan won the prestigious Long-Thibaud-Crespin 2015 international piano competition (he was awarded the second Grand Prix, no first prize was awarded) one of the youngest laureates in the history of the competition. He also won the concerto prize with his performance of Bartóks third piano concerto. Earlier in 2015, he won second prize and the Mocsari prize at the Ile-de-France international piano competition; and was awarded the Grand Prix at the Concours Festival pour le Repertoire Pianistique Moderne. More recently, he was awarded second prize in the 2016 Kissinger Klavier Olymp in Germany.
Competition success has resulted in invitations to give concerts in a number of European countries - Switzerland, France, Russia, Poland, Germany and Hungary - during 2016. Highlights include performing Bartóks third piano concerto for Julian’s debut in Russia, in the Grand Hall of the Philharmonie with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; and two performances of Schumann’s piano concerto with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Liu Peng, in Normandy.
Julian is now based in Paris, where he studies at the Ecole Normale, supported by a full scholarship. His schedule includes concerts in France, Switzerland, Germany (Bonn, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Bad Kissingen), and England.
His repertoire is varied, ranging from Bach to Boulez. In June 2015, BBC Radio 3 broadcast his live performance of seven of Douze Notations by Boulez. He also appeared as the young Boulez in ‘A Pierre Dream’ at the Snape Festival. He has performed the ‘Kids Collection’ at St Albans Film Festival, and at the Snape Proms, playing four Chopin Ètudes that accompany animated film sequences from ‘Chopin Shorts’.
He has performed many Beethoven sonatas, and most of the solo piano repertoire by Debussy and Ravel. His modern and contemporary repertoire includes Bartók Out Doors suite, various Ligeti Ètudes, and sonatas by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Ullmann.
Piano is his principal instrument, but he also plays the violin and enjoys chamber music with Pro Corda and MusicWorks. He was a chorister with St Albans Cathedral Choir and then sung as a tenor with Abbey Singers. Julian has been a member of Aldeburgh Young Musicians since 2012, where a number of his compositions have been performed. He also enjoys acting.
Julian is a keen geologist and is studying for a degree with the Open University.