CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIEN BROCAL
Anyone at last summer's pause festival at La Donaira will remember the brilliant performances by our good friend French pianist Julien Brocal. If you weren't there, the good news is that you'll be able to hear him play at this year's pause (August 10-19). We're excited that Julien was awarded Newcomer of the Year for his debut album dedicated to Chopin in the prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards. Congratulations!
It's obviously just the start: days later, Julien's second release on Rubicon (Reflections: Mompou & Ravel) was selected as Best Classical Album by Gramophone, the reviewer – Patrick Rucker – describing him as seductive and authoritative, adding that 'the perfection and maturity of his Ravel is little short of astonishing'.