Julian Riem

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JulianRiem_©Georg Thum

He sculpts Debussy's final completed cycle with effortlessness, brilliance and a subtle touch, eliciting captivating nuances from this music which is as virtuosic as it is melodiously florid. (...) Highly complex pianistically, pushing tonal limits at times, Riem takes the unique idiosyncrasies of this fascinating music to extremes. Without fail, he perfectly nails the pieces, most of which are only a minute or so in length – a brilliant addition to Debussy's far better known cycle. (Etudes by Debussy and Szimanowski, Tyx-Art) Klassik Heute

Julian Riem is one of the most versatile pianists in the classical world today. As a soloist, chamber musician and Lied accompanist, he performs on a regular basis in Europe, Asia and America. Even at an early age, he was considered by his mentors – none other than Michel Béroff, Michael Schäfer and Rudolf Buchbinder – to be one of the “most promising pianists of his generation”.

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His exceptional musicality is reflected in his open mind for all things new, his love of arrangements for piano, chamber music and orchestra, and his affinity for contemporary works.

Julian Riem makes regular guest appearances at international festivals, including the Munich Opera Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the Rheingau-, the Schleswig-Holstein- and the Mosel-Musikfestival, Musica mundi in Brüssel, Les Muséiques in Basel, the  Tucson Friends of Chambermusic, Arizona, Barge Music New York, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Korea, and the International Music Festival Marvão, Portugal, in addition to performing in major concert halls such as the Konzerthaus Vienna, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tonhalle Maag Zurich, Bunkakaikan Tokyo and Munich's Herkulessaal.

He has won prizes at international piano competitions in Modena, Madrid and Premio Gui in Florence, was a scholarship holder of the German Music Competition and has received numerous awards for his numerous CD recordings, including an Echo Klassik, an Opus Klassik, the German Record Critics' Award and a Diapason d'Or. He won the Grand Prize at the 2022 International Petrichor Music Competition for his piano trio arrangement of the Scherzo from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

He and cellist Raphaela Gromes form an established duo whose six CD recordings to date with Sony Classical have each climbed the official German classical music charts. These CDs include world premiere recordings and numerous arrangements by Julian Riem.

In addition to the classical concert repertoire, Riem is an advocate of modern and contemporary composers; in addition to Messiaen, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Henze, Boulez, Xenakis, Schnittke, and Hartmann, his programs frequently include works and premieres by Liebermann, Stahmer, Bourbodakis, Illes, Koch, Cowell, and Ranjbaran.

He has collaborated musically with artists such as Christoph Poppen, Julian Rachlin, Albrecht Menzel, Markus Wolf, Wen-Sinn Yang, Reinhard Latzko, Isabelle van Keulen, Georg Arzberger und Andreas Schablas, sowie Susanne Kelling, Carolina Ulrich und Juliane Banse.

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    Raphaela Gromes (Violoncello) – Julian Riem (Klavier)

    Femmes

    Program:

    Emilie Mayer - Sonate in A - Dur für Violoncello und Klavier
    Clara Schumann - Drei Romanzen für Violine und Klavier (arr. Julian Riem): Andante molto, Allegretto, Leidenschaftlich schnell
    Pauline Viardot – Garcia - aus Six Morceaux VWV 3003: Bohemienne, Romance, Tarantelle
    Henriette Bosmans - Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier
    Nadja Boulanger - Trois Pièces
    Bizet / Julian Riem - Carmen Fantasie

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    Raphaela Gromes (Violoncello) – Julian Riem (Klavier)

    Femmes special

    Program:

    Amy Beach - Five pieces for Cello and Piano
    Henriette Bosmans – Cellosonate
    Clara Schumann – Drei Romanzen op. 22
    Pauline Viardot Garcia - Bohemienne - Romance – Tarantelle
    Cecile Chaminade - Nuit étoilée
    Lili Boulanger – Nocturne
    Nadja Boulanger - Trois pièces for cello and piano

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    Raphaela Gromes (Violoncello) – Julian Riem (Klavier)

    Schubert & Strauss

    Program:

    Schubert - Introduktion, Themen und Variationen op. 82 Nr. 2 arr. für Violoncello und Klavier von Gregor Piatigorsky
    Franz Schubert - Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier in a-Moll D 821 (''Arpeggione'')
    Richard Strauss - Valse aus "Der Rosenkavalier" op. 59 für Violoncello und Klavier, bearbeitet von Julian Riem
    Richard Strauss - Sonate für Violoncello und Klavier in F-Dur op. 6 ORIGINALAUSGABE

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    Raphaela Gromes (Violoncello) – Julian Riem (Klavier)

    Femmes I & II & Deutsche Romantik

    Program:

    “Femmes 1”
    Amy Beach - Five pieces for Cello and Piano
    Ethel Smyth – Cellosonate
    - Pause -
    Nadja Boulanger - Trois pieces for cello and piano
    Lili Boulanger – Nocturne
    Cecile Chaminade – Nuit etoilee
    Henriette Bosmans – Nuit calme
    Laura Netzel – Hungarian Dance
    Rebecca Clarke - Epilogue
    Grazyna Bacewicz - Mazovian Dance

    “Femmes 2”
    Clara Schumann - 3 Romanzen
    Pauline Viardot – Garcia - Bohemienne, Romanze und Tarantelle
    Luise Adolpha Le Beau - Cellosonate
    - Pause -
    Emilie Mayer - Sonate in A - Dur
    Elisabeth Kuyper - Ballade
    Nadja Boulanger - Trois pièces

    "Deutsche Romantik"
    Clara Schumann - 3 Romanzen op. 22
    Luise Adolpha Le Beau - Cellosonate D-Dur op. 17
    Robert Schumann - Fantasiestücke
    Richard Strauss - Cellosonate op. 6 in F–Dur, Urfassung

    Oder

    Johannes Brahms – Cellosonate Nr. 2 in F–Dur

  • Further dates upon request

    Raphaela Gromes (Violoncello) – Julian Riem (Klavier)

    Femmes I & II & Deutsche Romantik

    Program:

    “Femmes 1”
    Amy Beach - Five pieces for Cello and Piano
    Ethel Smyth – Cellosonate
    - Pause -
    Nadja Boulanger - Trois pieces for cello and piano
    Lili Boulanger – Nocturne
    Cecile Chaminade – Nuit etoilee
    Henriette Bosmans – Nuit calme
    Laura Netzel – Hungarian Dance
    Rebecca Clarke - Epilogue
    Grazyna Bacewicz - Mazovian Dance

    “Femmes 2”
    Clara Schumann - 3 Romanzen
    Pauline Viardot – Garcia - Bohemienne, Romanze und Tarantelle
    Luise Adolpha Le Beau - Cellosonate
    - Pause -
    Emilie Mayer - Sonate in A - Dur
    Elisabeth Kuyper - Ballade
    Nadja Boulanger - Trois pièces

    "Deutsche Romantik"
    Clara Schumann - 3 Romanzen op. 22
    Luise Adolpha Le Beau - Cellosonate D-Dur op. 17
    Robert Schumann - Fantasiestücke
    Richard Strauss - Cellosonate op. 6 in F–Dur, Urfassung

    Oder

    Johannes Brahms – Cellosonate Nr. 2 in F–Dur

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