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Julian Cochran : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Mazurka no.4 (solo piano) by Julian Cochran, from the CD Mazurkas 1, 4, 5, Preludes 7, 8, Scherzi 1, 2


Artist website: http://cochranmusic.com

Julian Cochran (born 14 June 1974) is an English-born Australian composer.

Cochran's earlier works show stylistic influences from impressionist music and his later works are more noticeably influenced by classical music and folk music of Eastern Europe.

Cochran's piano compositions, such as the piano sonatas, demand considerable virtuosity from the performer. The piano works include Toccata & Fire Dance, nine preludes, four scherzi, six Romanian Dances, Animation Suite (composed of 'Tin Sentinel', 'Clockwork Doll', 'Wooden Dolls' (Matreshki), 'Goat's Dance' and'Flydian Galop'), five mazurkas, the impressionistic work Maelstrom, Fantasy, two waltzes titled Valses and two piano sonatas. Cochran also wrote orchestral and chamber music including the trio for violin and oboe trio, sextet for string quartet, oboe and bassoon Zorya Vechernyaya, the four-part orchestral work Symphonic Tale, Two Valses for symphony orchestra, the Romanian Dances for chamber orchestra, Dagda's Harp Fantasy for symphony orchestra, and choral works.

Cochran also developed an individual tonal approach incorporating classical structures. This tonality commonly makes effective use of unusual scales; for example the scale consisting of alternating tones and semitones, as used in 'Tin Sentinel', is thought to have first been used in Persian music of the 7th century AD.

Cochran's music is performed regularly in concert halls throughout the world, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall in Russia, and the music receives regular radio broadcasts. The International Cochran Piano Competition is one of few piano competitions devoted entirely to the works of a single composer and is held in Warsaw, Poland.


Robert Bremner Publishing — current to July 2016