Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinetists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader, and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as a guest lecturer and the creator of the Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets, thereby introducing 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 Indiana University 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 2012, he established the Julian Bliss Septet, creating programs inspired by “King of Swing” Benny Goodman and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba. Since then, The Septet has performed for packed houses at festivals, Ronnie Scott’s (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and across the US.
Recent album releases receiving rave reviews from critics, album of the week spots, and media attention, include his recording of Mozart and Nielsen’s Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Bliss’ most recent albums include a Schubert and Schumann chamber program with soprano Ailish Tynan and pianist Christopher Glynn, and a recital album of Russian and French composers with American pianist Bradley Moore. 2016 saw the premiere of a new concerto written by jazz legend Wayne Shorter and a recording of Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint.