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Julian Bliss

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 Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.
Born in the UK, Julian started playing the clarinet age 4. 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, he has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, from the São Paulo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, and Auckland Philharmonia, to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2012 he established the Julian Bliss Septet, creating programmes inspired by King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and Latin music from Brazil and Cuba that have gone on to be performed to packed houses in festivals, Ronnie Scott’s (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and across the U.S. 

Featured on

John Mackey, Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli
Mackey: Asphalt Cocktail – Whitacre: October – Ticheli: Blue Shades
Julian Bliss
Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Sonatas Op. 120 – 4 Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121
Julian Bliss
I Got Rhythm
Julian Bliss
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber
Mozart & Weber Quintets
Julian Bliss | Carducci String Quartet
Franz Schubert
Sir John Tomlinson | Christopher Glynn
Johannes Brahms, David Bruce
Gumboots / Clarinet Quintet
Julian Bliss
Various composers
The Shepherd on the Rock
Julian Bliss
Francis Poulenc
The Complete Songs of Francis Poulenc - Vol. 5
Malcolm Martineau
Carl Nielsen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nielsen Clarinet Concerto / Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Julian Bliss / Royal Northern Sinfonia / Mario Venzago
Various composers
Works by Debussy, Milhaud, Glinka, Francaix & Prokofiev
Julian Bliss / Bradley Moore
A Tribute to Benny Goodman
Julian Bliss / Neal Thornton / Martin Shaw / Colin Oxley / Tim Thornton / Matt Skelton / Jim Hart
Various composers
The Ancient Question
Hila Plitmann
Bernard Herrmann
Psycho Suite for String Quartet
Julian Bliss