Julius Drake (21 January)
It was Gerald Moore who, from the earlier part of the Twentieth Century, set the precedent of identifying the role of the pianist in lieder recitals as far more than a mere supporting act.
Julius Drake is one of today’s most well-known and distinguished practitioners of this subtle and essential art. He was educated at London’s Purcell School and Royal College of Music, making his professional debut at the Purcell Room in 1981 and developing a special affinity for the music of Schumann.
He is now a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and a visiting professor at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. He has devised song programmes for the Wigmore Hall, the BBC, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Middle Temple Hall in London for the likes of Sir Thomas Allen, Olaf Baër, Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Amanda Roocroft and Sir Willard White. His discography is extensive, while among television appearances is his playing on the Channel 4 film of Schubert’s Winterreise with Ian Bostridge. He lives in London with his wife and two children, and numbers tennis and walking among his hobbies. This evening he will be talking to the broadcaster Christopher Cook.