Meet the Artist…Julian Bliss

In the lead up to the 2nd West Wicklow Festival, we are delighted to introduce you to our world renowned artists.

Our first “Meet the Artist” post introduces the supremely talented,  Julian Bliss

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Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinetists 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 clarinets. Julian 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). We are delighted to have Julian in Wicklow and no doubt he will be a big hit!

“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


West Wicklow Festival Performances
Julian Bliss will perform twice at the West Wicklow Festival with two beautifully contrasting programmes. Performing alongside Fiachra Garvey, Philip Higham and the Benyounes Quartet, Julian plays a central role in the 2018 programme performing many of the finest chamber music for clarinet.

Thursday 17th May
Russborough House | 8pm

Fiachra Garvey | piano
Julian Bliss | clarinet
Philip Higham | cello

Beethoven      7 variations for cello & piano
Debussy          Sonata for cello & piano
Debussy          Première Rhapsodie
Poulenc          Sonata for clarinet & piano
Beethoven     Trio in Bb major Op. 11
Brahms          Trio in A minor Op. 114

Saturday 19th May
Russborough House | 8pm

Julian Bliss | clarinet
Philip Higham | cello
Benyounes Quartet

Brahms        Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
Schubert     String Quintet in C major D 956


Julian Bliss – Full Biography
Born in the UK, Julian started playing the clarinet age 4, going on to study in the U.S. at the University of Indiana 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, he has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, from the Sao Paolo 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.

Recent album releases receiving rave reviews from critics, include his recording of Mozart and Nielsen’s Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Recent chamber discs include a new piece for clarinet & string quartet by David Bruce – Gumboots – inspired by the gumboot dancing of miners in South Africa.

This season’s highlights include an exciting new concerto by Wayne Shorter, with the Argovia Philharmonic, extensive USA tour with his septet, and chamber concerts with the Carducci Quartet.

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