“Power without force, intelligence without restraint, humor without coquetry” (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 2.12.2011) characterize Julian Steckel’s much vaunted performances.
Born in 1982 and son of a musical family, he began to play the Cello at the age of five. After instructions by Ulrich Voss, Julian Steckel studied with Gustav Rivinius, Boris Pergamenschikow, Heinrich Schiff and Antje Weithaas.
Since having won the first prize of the International ARD Music Competition in Munich 2010, where he was also awarded the prize of the audience, the Munich Chamber Orchestra Prize and the Oehms Classics Prize, Julian Steckel is one of the internationally most renowned cellists. Even before 2010 he won important competitions like the Rostropovitch Competition in Paris, the Grand Prix Feuermann in Berlin and the International Pablo Casals Competition in Kronberg.
2012 Julian Steckel is awarded the renowned ECHO classic for his AVI Music-recording with Rheinischen Philharmonie Koblenz under the baton of Daniel Raiskin. The recording combines the cello concertos by Korngold and Goldschmidt as well as Bloch’s “Schelomo” – three compositions reflecting the Jewish experience in the 20th century.
In addition to his successful Mendelssohn album (2009) with his regular duo partner Paul Rivinius in 2011 the recording “French Cello Sonatas” with pieces by Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Debussy and Boulanger was released. The international music press praised the disc unanimously. Furthermore there are several recordings at EMI and Haenssler Classics. In March 2013 a recording with Russian cello sonatas at Oehms Classics was released.
Julian Steckel performed in concerts as a soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Stuttgart, Saarbrucken, Copenhagen and Warsaw, the Orchestre de Paris, the Kremerata Baltica, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Franz-Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest as well as the Zurich and Stuttgart chamber orchestras with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Mario Venzago, Christopher Hogwood, Heinrich Schiff, Andrey Boreyko, Michael Sanderling, Daniel Raiskin, Andrew Litton, Lan Shui and John Storgards. These appearances took him to both the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Herkulessaal, National Theater and Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich, the Laieszhalle Hamburg, the Cadogan Hall in London, the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre du Chatelet Paris, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Wien, the Tonhalle Zurich, the KKL Lucerne and the Seoul Arts Center.
Julian Steckel has a strong passion for chamber music. With musical partners like Janine Jansen, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Veronika Eberle, Menahem Pressler, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Lars Vogt, Alexander Lonquich as well as the Ebène, Vogler and Guarneri quartets, he performed at festivals such as ‘Spannungen’ Festival Heimbach, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Lucerne, Ludwigsburg, Bonn, Schwetzingen, Zermatt, Mondsee, Cambrai and Menton.
Highlights of the season include performances in Vienna (Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich), Hamburg (NDR), Frankfurt (Museumsorchester), Antwerp (Slowakischen Philharmonie), Amsterdam (Netherlands Philharmonic), Ankara, Milano, La Coruña and Brasil. Additionally he can be heard in various chamber music concerts.
Since 2011 Steckel has been Professor for Cello at the Rostock University of Music and Drama.
Julian Steckel plays an instrument by Urs W. Mächler (Speyer 2005).