Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Julian Steckel
BBT Fellowship 2007

Julian Steckel - Biography

Julian Steckel was supported by BBT between 2007 and 2011, when this page was last updated.  For an up to date biography visit

Born in 1982, Julian Steckel is among the most eagerly sought and versatile musicians of his generation. In 2010 he won first prize at the 59th International ARD Music Competition in Munich and was also awarded the audience prize for his fascinating interpretation of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. He studied with Ulrich Voss, Gustav Rivinius, Boris Pergamenschikow, Heinrich Schiff and Antje Weithaas. He became a laureate of the Rostropovitch Competition in Paris, the Grand Prix Feuermann in Berlin, the International Casals Competition in Kronberg, the International Lutoslawski Competition in Warsaw and was awarded the Verbier Festival Prize and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2007. Julian Steckel appeared as a soloist with Orchestre de Paris, Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Saarbrucken, Copenhagen and Warsaw, Kremerata Baltica, Franz-Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Heinrich Schiff, Yuri Simonov and Michael Sanderling. A passionate chamber musician, Julian Steckel has performed with Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Alexander Lonquich, Hyeyoon Park and with the string quartets Ebène, Vogler, Guarneri and Talich. He has been invited by many international festivals such as Lucerne, Ludwigsburg, Schwetzingen, Zermatt, Progetto Martha Argerich. Performances as a soloist and chamber musician brought him onto the stages of the Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Herkulessaal and the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich, the Laieszhalle in Hamburg, the Salle Pleyel and the Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Seoul Arts Center. His recording of the cello concertos by Goldschmidt and Korngold, as well as Bloch’s Schelomo, together with Rheinische Philharmonic Orchestra Koblenz/Daniel Raiskin released in 2011 by the label AVI Music, has received unanimous praise from the international music press. The previous successful album (2009) including all Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s works for cello and piano with his duo partner Paul Rivinius, was followed in September 2011 by a CD with works by French composers.

Last updated: January 2012

I am deeply grateful and feel very much honoured to be chosen for a Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship. In these days of thousand and one competitions the Borletti Buitoni Trust stands as an exception because it really cares for its candidates in a way which I have never experienced before. The foundation’s support enables me to think further than I could do before and helps to make some of my dreams come real – it gives me new ideas, new inspiration and artistic freedom. Therefore I want to say thank you very much for all of your support!

Julian Steckel

Photographs by Marco Borggreve