ABOUT JULIAN DÜRR
Julian Dürr is a 16 year-old Composer, Conductor, Arranger, and professionally trained Concert Pianist from Redding, CA. As a member of the CVHS band, Orchestra, and Choir as well as the Shasta College Symphonic Band, and the Shasta College Concert Orchestra & Concert Choir Julian is versatile in playing Trumpet, French Horn, Violin, and Piano.
Born in the suburban town of Redding, California on July 18th, 2003, Julian was raised by his parents Karen and Bobbie Dürr for the majority of his life and was heavily intergrated into music throughout his upbringing. He began playing piano at a very young age and would "sit for hours tinkering in what seemed to be his 'happy place' as a child". Throughout his upbringing he struggled with much domestic violence and alcoholism in the home and he says: "my [upbringing] is simply a reflection of a certain 'rawness' in human emotions that I reflect upon everconstantly and furthermore use as an inspiration for my work and a thesis I present to society on the importance of finding ones balance in emotion". Julian is currently going into his junior year at Central Valley High School while concurrently enrolled at Shasta College, and plans to apply to Julliard School Of Music to pursue Conducting.
AS A PIANIST
"Dürr's piano playing, to me, is marked by passionate precision, rhythmic drive, a notable use of legato and the ability to maintain a consistent sense of clarity when playing works with complex textures. He possesses a tremendous ability to make a musical line 'sing', no matter how long the notes or how complex the supporting texture. Mr. Dürr was my last student." - Dr. Duane Hampton, World-Class Pianist, Composer, Educator, and Steinway & Sons sponsored artist.
AS A COMPOSER
Dürr's compositional style showed initially the influence of Romantic-era composers such as Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff. Beginning in the middle of his sophomore year, his compositions began showing a more nuanced and individual tone. Dürr will often feature the piano in his compositions, and explore the expressive possibilities of the instrument through his own skills as a pianist.
His First Symphony has many original features. Its brutal gestures and uncompromising power of expression were unprecedented in what he was otherwise instructed throughout his compositional training. Its flexible triplet-heavy rhythms, sweeping lyricism, and stringent economy of thematic material were all features he keeps well-refined in his subsequent works.
- Various Educators