"He is sure to be one of the figures of the 21st century to take into account both in Germany
Praised by Menahem Pressler for his “uniquely beautiful sound and special sonority“, German pianist Julius Asal is quickly establishing himself as one of the promising performers of his generation.
He is a regular guest at international festivals (Oxford Piano Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, VP Bank Classic Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, etc.) and has performed in prestigious concert halls including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Merkin Concert Hall New York and the Musikverein Vienna. In the upcoming season his concert engagements will bring him to prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall London, Auditorio Manuel de Falla Granada and Laeiszhalle Hamburg.
He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the German Radio Philharmonic, the St. Andrew Symphony Orchestra Edinburgh and the Brandenburg State Orchestra. His recordings have been broadcasted on various TV and radio stations (RBB, DLF, HR, MDR, SWR, BR, ORF, etc.).
Born in 1997 into a musical family, he began to improvise on the piano at the age of three by playing what he heard on the instrument in a self-taught manner. In 2005 he received his first lessons from Prof. Sibylle Cada. Two years later, he was taught by Wolfgang Hess (Dr. Hoch's Conservatory Frankfurt), before he became a young student of Prof. Oliver Kern (University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt) in 2013. Since spring 2017, Asal has been living in his adopted home of Berlin, where he is continuing his studies with Prof. Eldar Nebolsin (Hanns Eisler University of Music Berlin). Beginning in October 2021, he will be studying with Sir András Schiff at Kronberg Academy.
In his still young career, Julius Asal has crossed paths with musicians such as Anne Queffélec, Tabea Zimmermann, Christoph Eschenbach, Menahem Pressler, Richard Goode, Marios Papadopoulos, Boris Berezovsky and the Fauré Quartet. He has also received artistic guidance from professors Antje Weithaas, Angelika Merkle, Anna Barutti, Eberhard Feltz, Thomas Hoppe, Eugen Wangler, Bernhard Wetz, Claudio Martínez Mehner and Jerome Rose.
Julius Asal is frequently present on the international competition scene. He won his first competition at age of nine. Furthermore, he was a First Prize Winner of the Goldene Taste International Piano Competition, the Mendelssohn Piano Competition and the Lions Music Award. In August 2017, at the age of 20, he was the only German in the finals of the legendary Busoni Competition in Italy. A week later, he won the Young Concert Artists European Auditions. Julius Asal has been awarded the Steinway Prize and has received scholarships from the Oxford Philharmonic Society, the PE Funding Association, the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the RC Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Ferruccio Busoni Foundation. He recently received the Deutschlandstipendium, under which he is supported by Yamaha Music Europe GmbH. Recently, he was awarded the Silver Medal at the Palma d'Oro International Piano Competition and received Special Prizes at the International Brahms Competition and the “Ton und Erklärung“ Piano Competition.
In 2012, Julius Asal founded the Arcon Trio. Since 2016 he has also performed regularly with the internationally renowned violinist Anne Luisa Kramb.
In addition to his concert activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he devotes himself to lecture concerts and readings with a musical framework, which has brought him together with international actors and authors in recent years. He gave lectures such as "Improvisation - musical reorientation as a philosophy of life" on behalf of the Hessian Ministry of Culture and appeared with his own projects such as "Schumann - On Intimacy and Ambivalence" and "Büchner meets Ravel - Lenz and the Gaspard de la nuit“.