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Lunchtime Recital: Julian Hellaby (piano)

Pianist Julian Hellaby performs The Nineteenth Century Ballade. 

  1. Ballade No.3 in A-flat Op.47 - F. Chopin (1810-49)
  2. Ballade Op.76 - S. Thalberg (1812-71)
  3. Ballade No. 2 in F Op.38 - F. Chopin
  4. Ballade No.2 in B minor - F. Liszt (1811 - 86)
  5. Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23 - F. Chopin

Julian Hellaby

Julian studied piano with the distinguished pianist Denis Matthews and later at London’s Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded several prizes in solo performance, accompaniment and general musicianship. 

He has performed as solo pianist, concerto soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in continental Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and throughout the UK, including recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. His playing has been broadcast on Lebanese radio and television, Radio Novi Sad (former Yugoslavia) and on BBC radio and television. More recent two-piano work with pianist Peter Noke has featured tours and performances across the UK and in Hong Kong. In 2004, the duo attracted Arts Council funding to commission a new work (Robert Ramskill’s Three Bagatelles for Two Pianos). Julian has released seven CDs on the ASC and MSV labels, and his playing on these, as both soloist and collaborative pianist, has been critically acclaimed.

Julian is an ABRSM examiner, trainer, moderator and public presenter, as well as a mentor for the Board’s Certificate of Teaching course. In these various roles, he has gained extensive experience working for ABRSM in a number of European, Middle Eastern and South-East Asian countries. He has taught academic music in UK universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also has extensive experience of piano teaching at all levels. Julian has given masterclasses at home and abroad for a number of institutions and organisations including ABRSM. His book Reading Musical Interpretation was published by Ashgate in 2009 and he is currently engaged in writing a book about British pianism.