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Julian Bliss

CLARINET

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Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, jazz artist, and masterclass leader. As co-creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets under the Leblanc brand, he has inspired a generation of young players and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument. Julian started playing the clarinet aged four and went on to study in the United States at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer, turning professional aged just twelve.

In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and halls, including Gstaad, New York’s Lincoln Center,  Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier and London’s Wigmore Hall. As a soloist, he has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, including the Auckland Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paolo Symphony and the Queensland Symphony.

This season, Bliss travels all around the UK with numerous performances of Mozart’s clarinet concerto, joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He joins the Yehudi Menuhin School as their first Artist in Residence for several projects including Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Elsewhere he gives a recital in Dubai, returns to festivals in Risor, East Neuk and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and gives further performances of a new concerto for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra, written for him by the eminent composer John Mackey, which he premiered with Dallas Winds last season.

Bliss ended last season with the Singapore Symphony and a return visit to Mondsee Festival in Austria. Other concerto highlights included Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and with London Mozart Players at Inner Temple Hall, London. He appeared at festivals across the UK in recital and chamber music with regular partners James Baillieu and the Carducci Quartet as well as many other colleagues.

Excellent reviews, record of the week spots and media attention flow from his recording output. He adds to his discography in 2024 with the new Mackey concerto and a Schumann recital album. This follows previous releases on Signum Records in 2021 which included Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with pianist James Baillieu, and an EP of Julian’s arrangements for clarinet of wind ensemble works by legends of the US band world John Mackey, Frank Ticheli and Eric Whitacre. Other recent albums include Mozart and Weber Quintets with the Carducci String Quartet; Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock with Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Christopher Glynn (piano); Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint; Mozart and Nielsen’s Clarinet Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

In 2010, Bliss established the Julian Bliss Septet, creating programmes inspired by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and a show built around the extraordinary musical output of George Gershwin. A recording of the Gershwin programme “I Got Rhythm” released in 2021 received rave reviews – “impressive recording by talented clarinettist Julian Bliss and his excellent Septet […] Bliss’s quick-fire clarinet starts weaving free-flowing improvisational lines around the tune from the very outset […] jaw-dropping, side-stepping vibes solo […] the whole ensemble is on fire” – Gramophone. The Septet has performed to packed houses across the US and in European festivals, at Ronnie Scott’s (London) and Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York).

With the launch of Bliss Music in 2020, Julian’s arrangements of a selection of pieces for clarinet and piano have been made available as sheet music. These include Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata Op. 19, the third movement of which has been set as a Grade 6 piece on the new London College of Music clarinet syllabus.

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Julian Bliss on tour with Royal Northern Sinfonia

February 20th, 2024

Julian Bliss is performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and principal conductor Dinis Sousa this week across the UK. He is performing at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham tonight (Tuesday 20th February), in Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday 21st, Beacon Hall in Bristol on Thursday 22nd. Julian will conclude theRead more ›

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Julian Bliss is artist-in-residence at Temple’s Holy Week Festival

February 6th, 2024

Julian Bliss is artist-in-residence at Temple Music Foundation’s Holy Week Festival which takes place 24th – 31st March 2024 in the beautiful Temple Church, London. Throughout the week Julian will perform 3 concerts, with programmes including Mozart’s Quintet for Piano & Winds, Howell’s Rhapsody Quintet and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. He is joined byRead more ›

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Out Now: Julian Bliss’ Divine Mischief

February 2nd, 2024

In Spring 2023, Julian Bliss joined the Baylor University Wind Ensemble and conductor Eric Wilson in Texas, USA to record the album Divine Mischief. SIGNUM releases the album today on all streaming platforms. The album consists of three fantastic works: John Mackey’s Clarinet Concerto (Divine Mischief), Morton Gould’s Derivations, and Zhou Tian’s Sinfonia.

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Julian Bliss’ mini-residency in Liverpool

October 25th, 2023

Julian Bliss is currently in Liverpool for three days of performances and workshops. In the first performance, on Thursday 26th October, he performs perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Chief Conductor Domingo Hindoyan. The following evening he is joined by British pianist James Baillieu for a clarinet and pianoRead more ›

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Julian Bliss is first Artist in Residence at Yehudi Menuhin School

September 27th, 2023

We are delighted to announce that Julian Bliss will be the first Artist in Residence at the Yehudi Menuhin School for the 23/24 season. He joins them several times over the year for a range of projects, including his first concert on 28th September when he appears alongside Maxim Rysanov and Dasol Kim for anRead more ›

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Discography

Mackey, Whitacre, Ticheli

During the first COVID lock-down I decided to record some more multi-track pieces, but wanted to do something a little bit different. Over the last decade I’ve become increasingly more involved in the American band world, and have grown more familiar with the repertoire: if you were in a band at school you may already have performed these three pieces, or others by the composers.

These multi-clarinet versions were arranged with the fantastic percussionist Joby Burgess – we each recorded our parts at home before I edited our performances together. It has been a huge amount of fun to create, as well as a fascinating challenge for me to learn more about the production side of music.” Julian Bliss

SIGNUM CLASSICS (2021)

Johannes Brahms with James Baillieu

Julian Bliss and James Baillieu present a recording Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet sonatas, Op. 120 and an arrangement of his 4 Ernste Gesänge, Op.121 arranged by Bliss. These late works were inspired by the great clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, principal clarinet of the Meiningen Court Orchestra, without whom we would not have had this clarinet repertoire.

SIGNUM CLASSICS (2021)

I Got Rhythm – Julian Bliss Septet

Following an acclaimed tribute album to Benny Goodman, the ‘King of Swing’, the Julian Bliss Septet returns with a new album that showcases the music of jazz legends, George and Ira Gershwin, and – by popular demand – some of Benny’s compositions and much-loved tunes.

SIGNUM CLASSICS (2021)

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