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Julian Cochran (born 14 June 1974) is an English-born Australian composer.


Julian Cochran was born in Cambridge on 14 June 1974 and emigrated to Australia in 1978. At the age of fourteen he was awarded a scholarship for piano performance at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and was later awarded a Licentiate (LMus).

Cochran's earlier works show stylistic influences from Impressionist music and his later works are more noticeably influenced by Classical music and folk music of Eastern Europe. Cochran's piano compositions, such as the piano sonatas, demand considerable virtuosity from the performer. The piano works include the five-part piano cycle titled Pegasus' Travels, Toccata & Fire Dance, eleven Preludes for Piano Forte, four scherzi, six Romanian Dances, Animation Suite composed of Tin Sentinel, Clockwork DollWooden Dolls (Matreshki) and Flydian Galop, five mazurkas, Animal Suite, the impressionistic work Maelstrom, two waltzes, a suite of baroque court dances and three piano sonatas. Cochran also wrote orchestral and chamber music including the fourt-part Symphonic Tale, Dagda's Harp, trio for violin and oboe trio, sextet for string quartet, oboe and bassoon Zorya Vechernyaya, orchestrations of piano works such as the waltzes and scherzi, and choral works.

Cochran's music has been performed in prominent concert halls throughout the word, including concerts at Carnegie Hall  in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall in Russia, and the music receives regular radio broadcasts. The International Cochran Piano Competition is one of few piano competitions devoted entirely to the works of a single composer and is held in Warsaw, Poland, every two years.