Cellist Julian Metzger has an exciting multifaceted career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, soloist and teacher. This career path can be traced back to his early childhood where he first developed his passion for cello playing and music making, followed by many years of study and single-minded dedication to his craft under the influence and guidance of his teachers Ioan Davies, Stefan Popov and Raphael Wallfisch, augmented by diverse masterclasses by David Strange, Steve Doan, Yfrah Neaman, Paul Roberts and Norbert Brainin.
Apart from regular appearances in the United Kingdom, concerts have taken him throughout Europe and the Far East where delighted audiences have often praised his technically and musically exciting interpretations. Drawing on a rare depth of emotions combined with a rich palate of sound colours, Julian has become a sought-after chamber musician collaborating with eminent performers such as oboist Christopher Redgate, flautist Lisa Nelsen, violist Robert Secret, violinists Charles Sewart and Giovanni Guzzo and pianists Marco Fatichenti, Paul Turner and Richard Black to name but a few.
These collaborations have taken place on concert platforms worldwide and at festivals such as the Buckingham Summer Festival, Beaminster Festival, Malcolm Arnold Festival, Musicfest Aberystwyth and the International Casals Festival in El Vendrell. In 2018 Julian and his friend Marco Fatichenti ran their own festival, the Elysian Music Festival, for the first time. The aim of this festival is to provide young talents with the opportunity to give concerts alongside experienced established performers as well as to introduce contemporary music and composers to a new audience.
Concerto performances with conductors such as Alexander Walker, Robert Secret, Adrian Brown, Michael Rose, Anthony Weeden and Jacques Cohen have included virtually the entire standard concerto repertoire in addition to lesser known works by Tartini, Monn, Bridge, Kabalevsky, Miaskovsky and Shostakovich.
Within the camaraderie of the orchestra Julian frequently enjoys concerts as principal and sub-principal cellist with orchestras such as the English Symphony Orchestra, the London Gala Orchestra, the Orchestra of Stowe Opera and Orchestra Pro Anima. Other orchestras he has worked with over the years have included the Northern Ballet, Brighton Philharmonic, Oxford Philharmonic, Oxford City Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra and English String Orchestra.
One important aspect of Julian's development as a well-rounded professional musician has always been cello teaching and chamber music coaching, an activity that started as a young teenager in his native Germany where he taught young and adult beginner students. In fact he believes that he has learned as much about cello playing from teaching as he has from practising and performing. He now teaches cello and coaches chamber music at the Purcell School, Kimbolton School, Bedford Girls' School and the Royal Latin School, in addition to teaching a small select number of private students.
For many years he has coached the cello section of the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra and he has given masterclasses at Wells Cathedral School, New College School, Oxford and for the Milton Keynes Music Service. He has inspired a number of his cello students to continue their studies at the Royal Northern College, Birmingham Conservatory, Leeds College and Canterbury University in order to become performers and teachers themselves.
With his chamber music colleagues Paul Turner and Lisa Nelsen, with whom he founded Enigma14, a trio that aims to introduce today's concert-goers to chamber music for this lesser-known combination of instruments, he frequently tutors on the Benslow Chamber music courses.
"A wise and sensitive pianist" (Gower Festival)
"...superbly partnered by Paul Turner's sensitive and alert accompaniments...that sixth sense of timing which is the true accompanist's particular gift" (Eastern Daily Press)
Pianist Paul Turner specialises in chamber music, having worked with eminent musicians throughout his career, such as Michael Collins, Nicholas Daniel, Caroline Dale, Elizabeth Watts, Sarah Markham, Madeleine Mitchell, Thomas Carroll, Sarah Walker, Alexander Baillie, Patricia Rozario, Jean Rigby, Julius Drake, Joy Farrall, Ruggero Raimondi, Jack Brymer, Jane Eaglen, Michael Whight, Barry Tuckwell, the Emperor, Coull, Bochmann and Heath String Quartets, and the Northern Saxophone Quartet.
He has performed at leading venues both at home and abroad; Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre and St. Johns Smith Square, Buenos Aires (Theatre de Colon with Maria Ewing), Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Berlin, Bremen, Valencia and Paris. Festival appearances include Cheltenham, (with Elizabeth Watts, broadcast' live' by BBC Radio 3 and featured on Sky Arts), Arundel, Buxton, Chichester, Newbury, Norwich and Norfolk, Harrogate, Gower, Salisbury, Aberystwyth, Cambridge, Bournemouth, Warwick, Ryedale, Blair Atholl and London Opera.
Paul performed Mozart's Piano Concerto K.414 with the English Chamber Orchestra following successful concerts with the ECO Ensemble. Renowned for his sensitive playing, he excels in a wide range of genres "Paul Turner was superlative in every way - wonderfully sensitive, with a very wide tonal palette" (Oxford Mail).
In addition to his concert schedule, Paul organises several concert series', most notably at St. Johns Smith Square, London "For his part, Turner offered accompaniment of a high order
intricate piano writing rendered with exemplary clarity and poise" (Richard Whitehouse). "
a rewarding recital, in which Turner demonstrated skill and discernment both as a pianist and as a programme planner. And, in placing Duparc's often elusive songs within an informed and thought-provoking context, the present concert more than fulfilled its purpose...in this enterprising and very welcome series." (Classical Source)
An honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he won many prizes and awards culminating in the Queen's Commendation for Excellence and the Peter Pears Accompaniment Prize, adjudicated by Pears himself. Paul was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1996, a discretionary award given to past students in recognition of their contribution to the music profession.
His teachers included John Streets and Geoffrey Parsons and his early professional experience included working for organisations such as Live Music Now, the Young Concert Artists Trust and the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme. He has gained invaluable advice from participating in masterclasses given by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Pierre Fournier, Arleen Auger, Margreet Honig, Robert Holl, the Songmakers Almanac, Rudolph Jansen, Ralph Gothoni and Martin Isepp, amongst others.
A recording artist with Prologue (www.prologuerecords.co.uk), Paul has released both solo and duo CD's with Sarah Markham and Sally Stocks (***** Classic fm magazine) "...thoroughly enchanting performances and beautifully recorded." In addition, he has performed on Radio 3's In Tune with artists including Madeleine Mitchell, Sarah Markham, Ruby Philogene, Elizabeth Watts and Caroline Dale before their Wigmore Hall concert (promoted by ECO) - "She was most ably partnered, never accompanied as this was a true duo partnership, by some fine playing from Paul Turner" (Seen and Heard)
Recent new collaborations include Lisa Nelsen, Jerome Laran, Michael Duke, Philippe Geiss, Enigma14, Philip Dukes, Dale Trio, David Campbell, Clare McCaldin, Bochmann String Trio, Peter Furniss, Lynn Klock, former Royal Harpist Claire Jones, Music Of Renown Ensemble (MORE) and poet Hilda Sheehan. "Turner...impressed with a spectacular performance, demonstrating his astonishing abilities as an accompanist" (Surrey Advertiser)
Paul's personal instrument is a Yamaha CF6, and he is indebted to Yamaha for their help, advice and support in choosing and sourcing the piano.