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Julian Cochran : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Mazurka no.1 (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 was born in Cambridge on 14 June 1974 and emigrated to Australia in 1978. At the age of fourteen he was awarded a scholarship for piano performance at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and was later awarded a Licentiate (LMus).

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 Russian Toccata, eight Preludes for pianoforte, three Scherzi, five Romanian Dances, Animation Suite composed of 'Tin Sentinel', 'Fire Dance', 'Clockwork Doll' and 'Wooden Dolls' (Matreshki), five Mazurkas, a Waltz, the two-part impressionistic work Maelstrom and three piano sonatas. Cochran has also written orchestral and chamber music including a trio for violin and oboe trio, sextet for string quartet, oboe and bassoon, the orchestral work Russian Song and choral works.

Cochran has renounced the pairing of cultural identity with assumed heritage for artists working in the 21st century thus rejecting notions of an Australian musical style, and 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.

Julian Cochran — current to January 2012