Julian Bliss

Clarinet

Biography

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 as guest lecturer and creator of his Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets, 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 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 programmes inspired by “King of Swing” Benny Goodman and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba. Since then, The Septet has perfored for packed houses in 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 programme 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.

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Reviews

“It isn’t just his technique, though that is astonishing enough. It’s the wit, poise and vivacity in his playing. In short, it is the pure intuition leading him straight to the heart of what he plays.”

The Times

“Poise, agility and alertness permeate these winning, infectious performances.”

BBC Music Magazine

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“It isn’t just his technique, though that is astonishing enough. It’s the wit, poise and vivacity in his playing. In short, it is the pure intuition leading him straight to the heart of what he plays.”

The Times (UK)

“Poise, agility and alertness permeate these winning, infectious performances.”

BBC Music Magazine

“It would be an understatement to say that Bliss passes with flying colors. He exhibits an extraordinarily pure tone, remarkably even throughout the range of the instrument. His command at registral and dynamic extremes is almost preternatural. And, he has a transcendent technique. Bliss must no longer be regarded merely as a great talent, but rather as a consummate master of his instrument.”

Fanfare Magazine

“We have a new shooter on the jazz clarinet front and his name is Julian Bliss…From classical to jazz to making music affordable for the next generation, Julian Bliss and his Septet certainly have earned their five stars!”

Critical Jazz

“All the works collected here showcase the attractive qualities of Bliss’s playing, rich and fruity in the showier passages, effortless in the demanding runs made by Nielsen in particular and, at the sublime moments, appropriately mellifluous and sonorous.”

Classic FM