Julien Libeer links Bach, Schubert and Ravel in a new project

The pianist has made his mark on the international scene with a broad musical repertoire that offers untraditional combinations of classical composers

Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 20:00 The Queens Hall
Julien Libeer. Photo: Athos Burez
Julien Libeer. Photo: Athos Burez

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Julien Libeer was born in 1987, but despite his young age he has a considerable career behind him, with great experience on the piano. He started playing the piano at the early age of six, since when he has had striking mentors and teachers whom he has accompanied on tours around the world. This ultimately led to a brilliant solo career as a concert pianist.

Libeer creates bold, untraditional combinations of composers, as is illustrated by his latest album Bach Bartók, released this year. One of the works from Bach’s French Suites on the CD is included in this evening’s programme, which also features Schubert’s sonata D 960. The musical distance from these to the concert’s third composer, Ravel, might seem considerable, but Ravel has himself said about the work Valses nobles et sentimentales, that is was ‘based on a Schubert model’. That it is also in the form of a suite, like Bach, creates a beautiful coherence to the concert.

Programme 

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): French Suite No.5 in G major

- Intermission -

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Piano Sonata in B-flat major

The concert lasts approx. one hour and 40 minutes, including an intermission.