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