“Power without force, intelligence without restraint, humor without coquetry” (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 02/12/2011): and so is characterizing of Julian Steckel’s much vaunted performances.
Since having won the first prize of the 2010 International ARD Music Competition in Munich, where he was also awarded the choice of the audience, the Munich Chamber Orchestra Prize and the Oehms Classics Prize, Julian Steckel is one of the internationally most renowned cellists. Even before 2010, he had been recognized in such important competitions as the Rostropovitch Competition in Paris, the Grand Prix Feuermann in Berlin and the International Pablo Casals Competition in Kronberg.
In 2012, Julian Steckel was awarded the renowned ECHO classic for his AVI Music-recording with Rheinischen Philharmonie Koblenz under the baton of Daniel Raiskin. The recording combines the cello concertos by Korngold and Goldschmidt as well as Bloch’s “Schelomo.” In addition to his successful 2009 Mendelssohn album with his regular duo partner Paul Rivinius, the recording “French Cello Sonatas” with pieces by Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Debussy and Boulanger was released in 2011. The international music press praised the disc unanimously. In 2013, Steckel released a recording on the Oehms Classics label with Russian cello sonatas. His latest CD publication is the highly praised second volume of the French Cello Sonatas.
Julian Steckel performed in concerts as a soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Stuttgart, Saarbrucken, Copenhagen and Warsaw, the Orchestre de Paris, the Kremerata Baltica, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Franz-Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest as well as the Zurich and Stuttgart chamber orchestras with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Mario Venzago, Christopher Hogwood, Heinrich Schiff, Andrey Boreyko, Michael Sanderling, Daniel Raiskin, Andrew Litton, Lan Shui and John Storgards.
Julian Steckel has a strong passion for chamber music. With musical partners such as Janine Jansen, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Veronika Eberle, Menahem Pressler, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Lars Vogt, Alexander Lonquich as well as the Ebène, Vogler and Guarneri quartets, he performed at festivals such as ‘Spannungen’ Festival Heimbach, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Lucerne, Ludwigsburg, Bonn, Schwetzingen, Zermatt, Mondsee, Cambrai and Menton.
Since 2011, Steckel has been a Cello Professor at the Rostock University of Music and Drama.
In the ongoing season, his concerts lead Julian Steckel to many parts of the world, such as Seoul, Madrid, Calgary, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Ankara, Winterthur, Brussles, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dresden and Salzburg. In a trio with Paul Meyer, on clarinet, and Eric le Sage, on piano, he will perform what is sure to be an impressive chamber music program.