“I feel tremendously lucky to be able to earn my living playing the piano. I am constantly stretched and stimulated by the music I play and I’m inspired by many marvellous friends and colleagues with whom I share the platform. I am very privileged.”
“Drake made the piano part sound positively incandescent. For my money, this inspired accompanist is now the best in the business.”
– New York Magazine
Julius Drake and acclaimed English tenor Mark Padmore performed a highly original program at the Palau de a Música Catalan, Barcelona. In the review for Opera Wire, Jonathan Sutherland called Drake’s piano playing “puissant” and “memorable”. “The unlikely combination...read more
A ‘hansel’ – the traditional gift given to bring good luck. Three exceptional musicians, Julius Drake, Mark Padmore and Krzysztof Chorzelski, “giving back” their skills in performance at Snape in aid of two charities which support the training of young musicians (The...read more
Julius Drake and tenor Christoph Prégardien gave an all-Schubert recital in Chicago's Mandel Hall last night in an evening described as one critic as "rare artistry". Writing for the Chicago Classical Review, John Y Lawrence writes: "Drake and Prégardien’s finest...read more
“Over the last few years, since the inauguration of Temple Song in 2006, I have performed in the glorious Middle Temple Hall with an array of the best singers in the world, most of them discovering the hall for the first time…”
“Middle Temple Hall, the setting for a first-rate concert series, is one of those London spaces that would make a tourist swoon. With its suits of armour and coats-of-arms it seems the perfect setting for stirring songs of martial derring-do.”
– Ivan Hewitt, The Daily Telegraph, 2015
Professorships & Masterclasses
Julius Drake holds a Professorship at Graz University for Music and the Performing Arts in Austria, where he has a class for song pianists and is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He is regularly invited to give master classes worldwide; recently in Aldeburgh, Brussels, Utrecht, Cincinnati, Toronto, Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, Vienna and at the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien.
Julius Drake is represented worldwide by IMG Artists.