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News Archive for Julian Bliss


Bachtrack Review: Weber Clarinet Concerto with Hallé Orchestra & Sir Mark Elder

Posted on:  May 10th, 2017

Sincere thanks to Bachtrack for this wonderful review of Julian’s performance of Weber’s Clarinet Concerto with the incredible Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder. Visit Bachtrack to read the review in full.

“His reputation as one of the finest (and most versatile) clarinet soloists around is without question. The purity of his tone through the first movement was exquisite, with beautiful dynamic control throughout the register. What was particularly impressive was the subtlety of Bliss’ dynamic contrast, to the point where the fortissimo marked by Weber was more of a hindrance than a help. Through the second movement, Bliss took the role of a bel canto vocalist through aria-like lines and romantic recitatives. The virtuosic finale ended a solid and challenging work often overshadowed by its more famous predecessors. Bliss’ refined and undramatic approach showed a performer fully in control of the music.”
Hugh Morris, Bachtrack, April 2017


Grammofy Weekly Collection

Posted on:  April 7th, 2017

Julian was honoured to be ask to curate one of Grammofy’s weekly Collections. Check it out over at

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BBC Radio 3 Record Review – Building a Library

Posted on:  March 27th, 2017

BBC 3 Record Review has named Julian’s recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto as their recommended recording as part of the weekly Building a Library feature.

Listen to the full programme on the BBC website.


Congratulations to Wayne Shorter!

Posted on:  February 14th, 2017

Last week saw the announcement of the 2017 Polar Music Prize Laureates, including influential jazz genius Wayne Shorter, celebrating the power and importance of music. This is a truly warranted recognition of Wayne’s six decades of contribution.

Julian is looking forward to a new concerto written for him by Wayne, to be premiered with the Argovia Philharmonic in September 2017.

Read more about the Polar Music Prize and Wayne’s reaction here.


Introducing the Leblanc Serenade

Posted on:  February 9th, 2017

Julian will spend the next few days at TMEA supporting the launch of the new Leblanc Serenade clarinet which launches today. The new Leblanc Serenade is the result of combining 267 years of experience with the most modern, cutting edge technology available.


Interview with ON Magazine

Posted on:  January 24th, 2017

Julian speaks to ON Magazine ahead of his performance in Harrogate as part of the Harrogate International Festival’s Sunday Series next month.

“A lot of people like to put labels on things or people. The only reason I played was because I enjoyed it. There was never a sense of having to do it, or thinking of a career. As a four-year-old that doesn’t enter your mind. I had a great childhood, I did all the normal things kids should do and more.”

Read the full interview at

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NAMM 2017

Posted on:  January 10th, 2017

Julian will once again be at NAMM this year. Pop over to the Conn-Selmer booth to say hello.


East Neuk Music Festival 2017

Posted on:  December 13th, 2016

Julian is honoured to have been invited to perform at Eask Neuk Festival in 2017. He will perform three concerts across the Festival including programmes of classical (Mozart’s Quintet), contemporary (Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint) and Latin jazz with his Septet.

The full programme, including a specially commissioned world premiere and an abundance of brass bands, will be announced February 5, 2017.


Bachtrack review Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Posted on:  December 3rd, 2016

“What impressed in this reading was not only the freshness that Bliss brought to his part but the attentiveness of the accompaniment, with dynamic shadings matching those of the soloist.

As in the slow movement of his piano concerto K467 (purloined for Elvira Madigan), Mozart succeeds in creating in the Adagio of his clarinet concerto moments when time appears to stand still. Here Bliss conjured up a succession of beguiling sounds, especially from the lower register of his instrument with its additional semitones, and as the movement drew to a close there was an ethereal quality with little more than susurrations from the strings.”

Read the full review on Bachtrack.

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BBC Radio 3 In Tune – Tuesday 29 November

Posted on:  November 24th, 2016

Julian will be performing live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune next Tuesday ahead of his performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday.

Tune into BBC Radio 3 online or on FM to catch the performance.

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