WORLD-CLASS PIANIST TORSTEN JUUL-BORRE TO PERFORM ON NOV.19
North SLO County is home to among the best and brightest artists and teachers. Meet Torsten Juul-Borre, whose commitment and depth of talent as a performing classical pianist and teacher make and enrich the quality of life on the Central Coast.
It’s 6:30 on a Friday evening and Torsten has just finished teaching his last piano student for the day. He’s also preparing for an upcoming concert at Cass Winery in November, but paused briefly to reflect on his beginnings as a musician and a few of the influences that inspire it.
“I grew up here and attended Templeton High School,” said Torsten. “My family moved to the area when I was in fourth grade.
At the age of 16, Torsten moved to Denmark, the land of his heritage. There he began his studies at Royal Danish Music Conservatory for an eight-year period of advanced training. In 1983 Torsten and his young family moved back to the Central Coast where he began teaching piano. In his Templeton studio, he teaches classical to contemporary styles.
Years later, around the coffee table of the home he shares with loving wife, Eva, were conversations with fellow music lovers that seeded the beginnings of Symphony of the Vines nonprofit music organization.
As part of the 2017-2018 season, Torsten will perform a piano recital on Sunday, November 19, at 4 p.m. at Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, in Paso Robles. Tickets are $30/adult, $27/senior and $15/students. Visit www.symphonyofthevines.org.
An actively touring pianist, Torsten has performed at Tivoli Gardens Concert Hall and Copenhagen Summer Music Festival. From Rachmaninoff to Chopin to Debussy, his playing is highly skilled, precise and seemingly effortless.
Among Torsten’s students are accomplished young artists who have competed in the annual Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition in Paso Robles.
“A whole person includes music, and one learns music just as other courses we learn in school,” said Torsten. “It’s a joy to see my students continue playing and go on to bigger and better things and it’s fun to know that teaching has helped produce fruit like that.” He added, “I love music and I view it as a gift from God. I just think it’s an important part of everyone’s life.”