British prodigy Julian Bliss will soon land in New Zealand for his winter tour over the months of July and August. At only 27 years old he is already widely recognized as one of the world’s finest clarinettists, excelling as a concert soloist, chamber musician and jazz artist.
Here are 5 Fast Facts to introduce you this eclectic young musician and his many talents.
Julian Bliss started playing the clarinet at age 4. He kept pursuing his passion throughout his academic studies in the U.S. at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer. Their relationship grew through the years, culminating in a successful musical partnership in 2006, with the recording of the Krommer Concerto for two Clarinets, and two of the four Spohr Clarinet Concertos.
In 2010 he founded the Julian Bliss Septet to pursue his love for jazz music. The group draws inspiration from Benny Goodman, as well as Latin Music from Brazil and Cuba. In 2012 the septet released their first album – A Tribute to Benny Goodman – in honour of the King of Swing.
Julian is not only an exquisite musician, but also a clarinet designer. He joined Leblanc Clarinets’ instrument development team 10 years ago, with one mission: creating a suitable clarinet to an intermediate level player. With young musicians needs in mind, Julian worked towards the creation of an affordable instrument, easy to play, without having to compromise on quality and high standards.
He is a source of inspiration for many young artists. Patron of the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians, he is constantly giving back to his audience. Julian is greatly involved in music education, from the organisation of masterclasses, to his attendance as guest lecturer in Universities across the United States.
His undeniable talent is even recognized by British royalty. In 2002 he performed at Queen Elizabeth II’ Golden Jubilee, during the Prom at the Palace and in 2006 at the Queen’s 80th Birthday.
Find out more about Julian's tour with NZTrio starting 22 July here.