"Cochran marries simplicity with virtuosity to stunning effect. He is clearly in love with the sonorities, rhythms and harmonies of Eastern Europe, and explores the whole range of possibilities they afford."
The great Australian composer, Julian Cochran (b. 1974) was formally trained as a pure mathematician; however, at the age of fourteen, received a scholarship to Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium for advanced piano studies. Following this Cochran taught himself to play many instruments, some of them virtuosically, and this foundation of folk-music and melodic invention remained central to Cochran's compositional approach. Cochran's music is today performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and St. Petersburg's Philharmonic Hall, and continues to inspire an increasing number of pianists. The public's affection with Cochran is drawn from the remarkable inner logic interlaced throughout the music, an often present dance-like characteristic, and together its mysteriousness and refined opulence.
"When one hears mathematician and composer in the same sentence, it is not at all unreasonable to think of names like Babbitt and Xenakis, and to expect a similarity of style with a mathematical base. Such is not the case. The multitalented Mr. Cochran is a throwback to the Romantic and Impressionistic traditions of the piano, using the musical language of Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and Ravel, amongst others, in a highly individualistic, non-derivative manner."
Jeffrey Williams, New York Concert Review
Prelude No. 12 //
Monte Carlo, Monako
Prelude No. 4 //
PIOTR GRELOWSKI pianist
Music by Julian Cochran
Directed by Konrad Ćwik
Edited and Filmed by Konrad Ćwik
Produced by International Cochran Piano Competition