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Julius Asal
*1997 in Germany

2021 Kronberg Academy Festival, concert

Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists
Studies with Sir András Schiff
funded by the Reinhuber/Rühland-scholarship

Julius Asal

piano

Praised by Menahem Pressler for his “uniquely beautiful sound and special sonority”, German pianist Julius Asal is quickly establishing himself as one of the most promising performers of his generation.

He is a regular guest at international festivals (Oxford Piano Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern etc.) and has performed at prestigious concert halls including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Merkin Concert Hall New York and the Musikverein Vienna. In the upcoming season, his concert engagements will take him to celebrated venues such as Wigmore Hall, London, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Granada, and Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the German Radio Philharmonic, the St Andrews Symphony Orchestra Edinburgh and the Brandenburg State Orchestra. His recordings have been broadcast on various TV and radio stations (RBB, DLF, HR, MDR, SWR, BR, ORF etc).

Born in 1997 into a musical family, he began to improvise on the piano at the age of three by playing what he heard on the instrument in a self-taught manner. In 2005 he received his first lessons from Prof. Sibylle Cada. Two years later, he was taught by Wolfgang Hess (Dr Hoch's Conservatory Frankfurt), before he became a young student of Prof. Oliver Kern (University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt) in 2013. Since spring 2017, Asal has been living in his adopted home of Berlin, where he is continuing his studies with Prof. Eldar Nebolsin (Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin).

During his still burgeoning career, Julius Asal has crossed paths with musicians such as Anne Queffélec, Tabea Zimmermann, Christoph Eschenbach, Menahem Pressler, Richard Goode, Marios Papadopoulos, Boris Berezovsky and the Fauré Quartet. He has also received artistic guidance from professors Antje Weithaas, Angelika Merkle, Anna Barutti, Eberhard Feltz, Thomas Hoppe, Eugen Wangler, Bernhard Wetz, Claudio Martínez Mehner and Jerome Rose.

Julius Asal is frequently present on the international competition scene, and won his first competition at age of nine. Furthermore, he has been a first prize winner of the Goldene Taste International Piano Competition, the Mendelssohn Piano Competition and the Lions Music Award. In August 2017, at the age of 20, he was the only German in the finals of the legendary Busoni Competition in Italy. A week later, he won the Young Concert Artists European Auditions. Julius Asal has been awarded the Steinway Prize and has received scholarships from the Oxford Philharmonic Society, the PE Funding Association, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the RC Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Ferruccio Busoni Foundation. He recently received the Deutschlandstipendium, through which he is supported by Yamaha Music Europe GmbH. Recently, he was awarded the Silver Medal at the Palma d'Oro International Piano Competition and received special prizes at the International Brahms Competition and the “Ton und Erklärung” piano competition.

In 2012, Julius Asal founded the Arcon Trio. Since 2016 he has also performed regularly with the internationally renowned violinist Anne Luisa Kramb.

In addition to his concert activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he devotes himself to lecture concerts and readings with a musical framework, which has brought him together with international actors and authors in recent years. He has given lectures such as “Improvisation – musical reorientation as a philosophy of life” on behalf of the Hessian Ministry of Culture and appeared with his own projects such as “Schumann – On Intimacy and Ambivalence” and “Büchner meets Ravel – Lenz and the Gaspard de la nuit”.

In 2021 he was part of the Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses and Concerts as well as the Kronberg Academy Festival. Since October 2021 he has been studying on the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists at Kronberg Academy. His studies are funded by the Reinhuber/Rühland scholarship.

Last updated: September 2021