“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.”
“Julius Drake, the nonpareil collaborative pianist.”
– The New Yorker, May 2018
Photographs captured during the "Piano in Lieder Repertoire" masterclass held at the Pollini Conservatory in Padova, Italy, on February 7th, 2024.
“I do mind the word accompanist. I don’t think it’s fit for purpose” – Julius Drake, Interview with The Irish Times
'Julius Drake is not just a pianist. He’s a specialist pianist. His great achievement is his work with singers and as a chamber musician. Talking to him about how he ended up as a professional pianist, he makes it sound as if it was something that just happened by...
“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 Askonas Holt.