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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, and to Monaco in 2017. 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 seven piano fantasia sonatas, demand considerable virtuosity from the performer. The piano works include the five-part piano cycle titled Pegasus' Travels, Toccata & Fire Dance, eighteen Preludes for Piano Forte, two scherzi, six Romanian Dances, Animation Suite composed of Tin Sentinel, Clockwork DollWooden Dolls (Matreshki) and Flydian Galop, five mazurkas, the four-part Animal Suite, the impressionistic work Maelstrom, three waltzes, a suite of baroque court dances and the impressionist work Night Scenes. Cochran also composed works for symphony orchestra, including Fantasia No. 3 (Dagada's Harp), Fantasia No. 4 (Skazanie), Fantasia No. 5 (Wind Sylph & the Dryad), & Fantasia No. 6 (Circo Maestoso) and orchestrations of piano works such as the waltzes. Chamber orchestra works include the trio for violin and oboe trio, sextet for string quartet, oboe and bassoon Zorya Vechernyaya. Vocal works include the song cycle Night Scenes for soprano and piano, 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.