I am a classical composer and pianist. My music threads a romantic-era harmonic structure underpinned by a heavy basso-continuo-concept.
I was born in Switzerland and, along with a conventional classical education in composition and performance, I also hold a PhD in theoretical physics, which heavily contributed to the inspiration and theoretical underpinnings of my work and performances.
I have released two full-length albums of my own compositions that were sound engineered by Martin Pearson, the sound engineer of Keith Jarrett's recent releases. My albums are available on all major platforms, which is Apple Music/iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon, etc.
My recent performances were at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Brighton Fringe, Piano City Milano (a festival under the patronage of Ludovico Einaudi) and Tonhalle Zürich.
Besides scoring my compositions for bands, ensembles and orchestras I currently tour Europe with “The Julian Layn Project” that brings rock-alt classical, a genre defining form of 21st century classical music via sound-designed and amplified classical instruments to a broader audience including music venues and rock clubs.
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Born inSwitzerland, Europe
Home LocationZürich, Switzerland
attended UniversitiesETH Zürich, Kings College London, University Zürich
Julian at St Jakob Zürich
Julian is interpreting "The Ecocalypse" on the wunderful church organ of St Jakob in Zürich on the occasion of his inauguration concert September 2008.
Live Video recording of the "Klangstube" concert at Kaufleuten Zürich, 3. June 2010. Visuals by Sebastiano Bucca.
Julian in Berlin
Julian steps out onto the streets of Berlin wearing his new coat by fashion designer friend Anna Kleihues.
Inauguration concert piano sonata Nr. 1 "The Queen"
Julian is ready for the inauguration concert of his piano sonata Nr. 1 "The Queen"
Come to Tonhalle Zürich, Thursday 10. September 19:30
In the first part of the evening, Julian will give a tour d'horizon of his work including the fulminant "Thunderstorm Trilogy" off his piano concerto Nr.1 "Heavy Clouds Over Vast Wide Open" and the second movement "Scylla and Charybdis" off his piano concerto Nr. 2 "The Ecocalypse"
In the second part of the evening Julian will present his piano sonata Nr. 1 "The Queen" for the first time publicly.
Julian Layn performs at Circolo Filologico Milanese during Piano City Milano 2013
2013-05-12 News Blog Piano City Milano, Milano
""Ah, he's formidable. Formidable," whispers the audience at Julian Layn's concert. "Quite an experience. A genius." The composer shows up in the room unexpectedly. He's wearing an untied tuxedo, no jacket, his shirt sleeves rolled up to the elbows. He bows, sits at piano, and starts playing. The music played by Julian Layn – a Swiss man born in 1968 – is the kind one would imagine in the background of a dramatic movie, when the main character is making a life-changing decision, or bidding an adieu. There's no progression in its intensity: the audience is taken over right from the beginning, and as long as the performance lasts. Mr. Layn calls his unique style "heavysonic". Translated by Gabriele Parussini
The talent this man has is mind-blowing.
2013-11-09 St Pauls Lifestyle Magazine, London
"The talent this man has is mindblowing - it sends me into a trance everytime. Julian arrived in our studio like a whirlwind of classical brilliance. We had hoped that his piano might fit into our studio but it did not as this film shows. This did not deter Julian who instantly sat himself down at our upright Steinway to play music of breath taking and humbling beauty. Julian tours the world playing his own Grand Piano; it was incredible that he was able to play our piano as if it were his own, despite the obvious differences in size and sound. Julian is the only musician we have had in our studio who has outplayed out Steinway. By this we mean that he played beyond the limits of the piano. We could hear this in the bass in particular. Not only is Julian a gifted Pianist and a joy to work with he is also an incredibly nice guy. You may have seen mention of his other qualifications, a PhD in theoretical physics - you can hear his intellect in his dynamic and complex compositions which he delivers with a natural ease. Genius." Rose Paul
Julian recording his first album
Julian recording his piano concerto Nr. 1 "Heavy Clouds Over Vast Wide Open" at radio DRS studio 2 Zürich February 2002.
Julian at The King's Head Theatre
Julian performing his first Classical Club @ The King's Head Theatre Pub in London last month.
Julian at Kaufleuten Zürich
Julian is presenting his "Fragments" at Kaufleuten Zürich, June 2010 on the occasion of the first "Klangstube" together with visuals designer Sebastiano Bucca.
Julian at Piano City Milano
Julian performs in the park of Villa Belgioioso on the occasion of Piano City Milano 20014.
Julian at Tonhalle Zürich kleiner Saal
intra-concert presenting Sonata Nr. 1 "The Queen"