Born in 1987 near Brussels, Belgium, Julien Libeer’s earliest musical memory was the famous documentary on the recording of West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. The piano, which he took up at age six, quickly became the faithful companion for expressing a love of music that, until today, thrives as much on opera, orchestra, and chamber music as on the piano repertoire.
Julien has performed at the Palais des Beaux-Arts and Flagey (Brussels), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Barbican Hall (London), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Palau de la Musica (Barcelona) and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In addition, other tours have taken him to Japan (Tokyo, Sumida Tryphony Hall), Lebanon (Beirut Chants festival), Turkey (Ankara Music Festival) and the US (Miami International Piano Festival).
Highlights of the 18/19 season include recitals at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Baerum Kulturhaus (Sandvika) as well as orchestral engagements with Les Métamorphoses Orchestra and Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen. In addition, he will have two album releases; the first will be the second installment of Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Lorenzo Gatto (Alpha Classics), following on from the huge success of the first release which won the Diapason d’or de l’année 2016. The second will be a concerto album featuring Lipatti’s Concertino for piano and orchestra and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, KV 595 (Evil Penguin Records / Les Métamorphoses Orchestra / Raphaël Feye, conductor). Julien will perform both of these concertos at Flagey (Brussels) in December 2018.
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From The Green Room
Label: Evil Penguin Records Classic
Release Date: 18 Jan 19
Works by Lipatti, Mozart and Haydn.
Orchestra: Les Métamorphoses
Conductor: Raphaël Faye
Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 10, & 5 ‘Spring’
Label: Alpha Classics
Release Date: 17 Aug 18
Violin: Lorenzo Gatto
Beethoven Violin Sonatas 2, 5, 9.
01 Nov 18 CD: BEETHOVEN Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 10 & 5 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2018
“It might seem perverse to begin a chamber review by discussing the piano, especially when the violinist Lorenzo Gatto is playing the 1698 ‘Joachim’ Strad. But listen to even a few bars of Op 12 No 1 and I suspect you, too, will be sent back to the booklet in search of more information … This is deeply unshowy Beethoven but it’s intensely sincere and it sounds entirely new. Try it.”
Richard Bratby, November 2018, Gramophone
15 May 17 Mozart, Bach & Beethoven Musée Dapper, Paris
with Lorenzo Gatto
“Julien Libeer’s readings are a formidable demonstration of musical spontaneity. He is all but a self-indulgent pianist : his renditions are never demonstrative, yet his simplicity never excludes richness of invention. Rather than overstating them, his musical ideas are always integrated to the story, without any didactic pretentions.”
★★★★★ Julien Hanck, 15 May 2017, Bachtrack
13 May 17 Miami Piano Festival Colony Theatre, Miami
“Libeer opened the program with Bach’s French Suite in G Major, a seven-part work originally written for harpsichord. Libeer displayed glistening, translucent tone in the first two sections, Allemande and Courant, then in the third section Sarabande previewed the subtle sense of timing and ability to portray tranquil moods that would prove to be his most remarkable attribute.”
Dave Rosenbaum, 13 May 2017, South Florida Classical Review
03 Jun 16 CD: BEETHOVEN Violin Sonatas Nos. 9, 4 & 2 Alpha Classics / Outhere Music France 2016
“A musician of the highest order. His mastery of musical discourse, splendid sonority, constant alertness, as well as his infinity ability to shape sound are simply remarkable.”
Patrice Lieberman, 8 September 2016, Crescendo Magazine
31 Oct 15 CD: Lignes Claires Evil Penguin records 2015
“An astonishing sense of diction and character. A pianist of great sensitivity and refinement, an ever-convincing storyteller.”
Bertrand Boissard, Diapason Magazine