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Julian Bliss

CLARINET

Representation: General Management

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 creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets under the Leblanc brand and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument. Julian started playing the clarinet aged four, going 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 series, including Gstaad, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London) and Lincoln Center (New York). As a soloist, he has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, including the Sao Paolo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, Auckland Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.

This season Bliss continues his collaboration with the Carducci Quartet for a performance of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet as well as returning to Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.

Excellent reviews, record of the week spots and media attention flow from his recording output. In 2021, releases on Signum Records include 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, he 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). This season has seen them at Brucknerhaus Linz and the Wimbledon International Festival.

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.

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact James Brown Management to ensure that you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Jess Chan

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Julian Bliss joins JBM for worldwide general management

December 1st, 2021

We are delighted to welcome clarinettist Julian Bliss to the JBM roster alongside his septet. Performing recitals, concertos and chamber music, as well as concerts with his jazz septet, he is a true all-round musician. Frequently performing classics such as Mozart’s clarinet concerto and Brahms clarinet quintet, Bliss also enjoys working in the more contemporaryRead more ›

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Discography

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)

In the Middle of Things with Fidelio Trio

Julian joins The Fidelio Trio in their return to Resonus Classics to present this album of recent chamber works by British composer Michael Zev Gordon.

Presenting a varied programme of instrument combinations, the trio and Julian present works stretching back over fifteen years, celebrating Michael’s individual and idiomatic voice along with both the fascinating and wide-ranging influences within his music.

RESONUS CLASSICS (2019)

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