JULIAN BLISS clarinet   -  Britain





Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer.  He has inspired a generation of young players, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.  

 Born in the U.K., Julian started playing the clarinet age 4, going on to study in the U.S. at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer.   The breadth and depth of his artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work.   In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London) and Lincoln Center (New York).    

 As soloist, current performances include concerts with the Sao Paolo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and London Philharmonic. 

In contrast to his performances of classical music,  he established the Julian Bliss Septet in 2012, creating programmes inspired by King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba. These have gone on to be performed to packed houses in festivals, Ronnie Scott’s (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and across the U.S.

His recent recording of the Mozart and Nielsen’s Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. has receivedrave reviews from critics, along with the most recent chamber disc featuring Schubert and Schumann with soprano Ailish Tynan and pianist Christopher Glynn, and a recital album of Russian and French composers with American pianist, Bradley Moore.  2016 will see the premiere of a new concerto written by jazz legend, Wayne Shorter, and a recording of Steve Reich’s "New York Counterpoint."


The Programme includes:

Jean FRANCAIX:    Tema con variazioni  

Claude DEBUSSY:  Premiere Rhapsodie 

Francis POULENC: Sonata for clarinet & piano

Allegro tristamente (Allegretto - Très calme - Tempo allegretto) Romanza (Très calme)- Allegro con fuoco (Très animé)


Gioachino ROSSINI:  Introduction Theme and Variations in B flat major

Astor PIAZZOLLA:     Oblivion

Joseph HOROVITZ:   Sonatina for clarinet & piano
Allegro calmato - Lento quasi - Andante Con brio


To visit Julian Bliss' website please click here

To hear Julian Bliss playing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto at the Proms see below 



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