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Julian Steckel (Concerts up to January 15th, 2012)

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Born in 1982, Julian Steckel started playing the cello at the age of five and is today among the up-and-coming artists of the new generation that is becoming established on the international concert scene. Numerous First and Second Prizes, at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and the International Lutoslawski Competition in Warsaw along with the three major international competitions at Kronberg (Pablo Casals Competition 2004), Paris (Concours Rostropovitch 2005) and most recently, in Berlin (Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2006) have brought him international recognition. In Saarbruecken Ulrich Voss was his first teacher over a longer period, then later Gustav Rivinius at the Musikhochschule Saarbruecken. Julian Steckel studied with Boris Pergamenschikow in Berlin and with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He is currently rounding off his studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin with Antje Weithaas.

Julian Steckel has been a soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, with the Berlin, Frankfurt, Saarbruecken, Stuttgart, Copenhagen and Warsaw radio symphony orchestras, with the Kremerata Baltica, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra Budapest and the Zurich and Stuttgart chamber orchestras under such conductors as Andrey Boreyko, Christian Arming, Michael Sanderling and John Storgards. Among the highlights of the last concert season were his debut with the Schumann Concerto in the Salle Pleyel in Paris, concerts in Dusseldorf during the Schumann Festival, his debut with the RSO Stuttgart; and concert tours of France and South America. He is reinvited to perform with Sir Roger Norrington and Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart at Schwetzingen Festival in May to celebrate the Haydn Anniversary 2009.

As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Julian Steckel has performed as guest artist at festivals in Ludwigsburg, Bonn, Dresden, Gstaad, Zermatt, Mondsee, Cambrai and Menton, also at the “Spannungen” Festival in Heimbach. He has given concerts with Sarah Chang, Isabelle Faust, Christian Tetzlaff, Yuri Bashmet, Tatjana Masurenko, Gustav and Paul Rivinius, Alexander Lonquich, Thomas Larcher, Lars Vogt and Francois Leleux, as well as with the Ebéne, Guarneri, Talich and Vogler quartets. Additional appearances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him to the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Laieszhalle in Hamburg, the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, the Théatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Tonhalle Zurich and the Seoul Arts Center.

Julian Steckel held the Boris Pergamenschikow Scholarship at Kronberg Academy and won the Top Cellist Prize at the Verbier Festival as well as a Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award in 2007. AVI-MUSIC has released live concert recordings from the “Spannungen” Festival in Heimbach feasaturing Julian Steckel in works by Mozart and Brahms, while a first recital CD has appeared on the Ars Musici label. As a co-production with Deutschlandradio, the collected works for violoncello and piano by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy will be released in a recording made with Paul Rivinius by AVI-Music in spring 2009. Also being prepared just now are recordings of Dallapiccola’s Cello Concerto, with the Berlin RSO and Peter Hirsch, as well as works by Bloch, Goldschmidt and Korngold with the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz and Daniel Raiskin.

Julian Steckel plays a violoncello made by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona, circa. 1670-1680) from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben’s stock of musical instruments, also a modern instrument by Urs W.Mächler (Speyer 2005).
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