Julio Elizalde
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compelling artistry and power
— The Seattle Times

Praised as a musician of "compelling artistry and power" by the Seattle Times, the gifted American pianist Julio Elizalde is a multifaceted artist who enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, artistic administrator, educator, and curator. He has performed in many of the major music centers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to popular and critical acclaim. Since 2014, he has served as the Artistic Director of the Olympic Music Festival near Seattle, Washington.

Julio Elizalde has appeared with many of the leading artists of our time. He tours internationally with world-renowned violinists Sarah Chang and Ray Chen and has performed alongside conductors Itzhak Perlman, Teddy Abrams, and Anne Manson. He has collaborated with artists such as cellist Pablo Ferrández, violinist Pamela Frank, composers Osvaldo Golijov and Stephen Hough, baritone William Sharp, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Takács, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets.

Julio is a founding member of the New Trio with violinist Andrew Wan, co-concertmaster of the Montréal Symphony and Patrick Jee, cellist of the New York Philharmonic. The New Trio was the winner of both the Fischoff and Coleman National Chamber Music Competitions and is the recipient of the Harvard Musical Association's prestigious Arthur W. Foote Prize. As part of the New Trio, Julio has performed for leading American politicians such as President Bill Clinton, Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Henry Kissinger, and the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. He was a featured performer on the soundtrack of the 2013 film Jimmy P, composed by Academy Award-winner Howard Shore.

Julio is a passionately active educator. In 2013, he served as a visiting professor of piano at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and has given piano and chamber music masterclasses throughout the United States at major conservatories and universities. He has also appeared at various summer music festivals including Yellow Barn, Taos, Caramoor, Bowdoin, Kneisel Hall, and the Music Academy of the West. In 2012, Julio was the youngest juror ever selected at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Julio received a bachelor of music degree with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Paul Hersh. He holds master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein, and Robert McDonald.


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TOUR


JUNE 8, 2019
Denver, CO | Denver Chamber Music Festival
Enescu Konzerstücke for Viola & Piano
Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47


JUNE 9, 2019
Denver, CO | Denver Chamber Music Festival
Ravel Piano Trio (1914)

JUNE 21 & 23, 2019
Blue Hill, ME | Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival
Lera Auerbach Selections from Preludes for Violin & Piano, Op. 47
Franck Piano Quintet in F minor

JULY 13 & 14, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
Recital with violinist Sarah Chang
Works by Bartók, Brahms, Bach, Bazzini, Dvořák, and Ravel

JULY 23, 2019
New York, NY | Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center
Recital with cellist Kian Soltani
Works by Vali, Chopin, Schumann, Soltani, and Popper

AUGUST 10, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
”Transcendence”
Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

AUGUST 11, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
”Musical Forefathers”
Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV 1054
Beethoven 7 Variations on Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Cello & Piano, WoO 46


AUGUST 17, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
”Passions in Paris”
Debussy Petite Suite for Piano Four Hands
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45

AUGUST 18, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
”New Worlds”
Enescu Konzertstücke for Viola and Piano
Chopin Introduction & Polonaise Brillante in C major, Op. 3


AUGUST 24 & 25, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
”Midsummer Gala: Musicians from GardenMusic”
Works to be announced

AUGUST 31, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
”Russian Tributes”
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50


SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
”Secret Love”
Brahms Trio for Clarinet (Viola), Cello, and Piano in A minor, Op. 114

SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, 2019
Port Townsend, WA | Olympic Music Festival
Recital with violinist Ray Chen
Works by Grieg, Franck, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
Athens, GA | Venue TBA
Recital with violinist Sarah Chang
Works by Bartók, Brahms, and Franck

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
Gainesville, FL | Venue TBA
Recital with violinist Sarah Chang
Works by Bartók, Brahms, and Franck


OCTOBER 7, 2019
Tokyo, Japan | Kioi Hall
Recital with violinist Sarah Chang
Works by Bartók, Franck, Elgar, Bazzini, Dvořák, and Ravel

OCTOBER 8, 2019
Nagoya, Japan | Shirakawa Hall
Recital with violinist Sarah Chang
Works by Bartók, Franck, Elgar, Bazzini, Dvořák, and Ravel


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The greatest pleasures of the concert, for me, came from pianist Julio Elizalde. His voicings were highly detailed and musically intelligent.
— The Washington Post

VIDEOS

DEBUSSY Reflets dans l'eau from Images Book I

SAINT-SAËNS Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75 (Finale) with violinist Ray Chen

BRAHMS Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 2

BACH Sheep May Safely Graze (arr. Petri/Perahia)

DEBUSSY Claire de Lune from Suite bergamasque

 RECORDINGS

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TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

NEW TRIO
Andrew Wan, violin
Patrick Jee, cello
Julio Elizalde, piano

Recorded in Yonkers, NY at Oktaven
Produced by Ryan Streber

Coming Soon

 
Mr. Elizalde played with catlike ease, his fingers padding rapidly over the keys, managing to soften up the bright, plingy sound of the Steinway.
— The New York Times

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