“Everything he does sounds true, with great economy of gestures, cristal-clear limpidity and intense expression.” - Süddeutsche Zeitung Although he declined to participate in the usual round of international competitions, pianist Julien Libeer gained widespread attention. Libeer was born in the Brussels area in 1987. Around age four, he heard Leonard Bernstein's recording of his musical West Side Story, and, he asks rhetorically, "Is it possible to see Bernstein at work and not believe that making music is the greatest thing on earth?" Libeer took up the piano at six, studying first with Jean Fassina and then with Maria João Pires at Brussels' Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. His career grew to international dimensions with appearances at such prestigious venues as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Palau de Musica in Barcelona, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg as well as the top Belgian Halls. Libeer has hosted his own program, about musical storytelling, on Belgian television, and he has hosted a concert series at the Bruges Concertgebouw, where he invites another musician and a speaker to explore a particular theme.
Miami International Piano Festival
J.S. Bach Prelude & Fugue in C L.v. Beethoven Bagatelle in c minor J.S. Bach Prelude & Fugue in A flat F. Chopin Mazurka in C# minor op. 53/3 J.S. Bach Prelude & Fugue in A, in B flat & B major F. Schubert Sonata in B flat major, D. 960
Julien Libeer, piano
72:01 min 2023