Back in October 2010 Julian met with the amazing soprano Hila Plitmann. After a few meetings they started planning a collaboration of music that is not often played. Almost one year later the result is here! Julian says ” Being involved in a project like this is something new for me. I have always been fascinated by Klezmer clarinet and this CD was a nice introduction into that kind of music. This is the first time i have worked with Hila or Chris, and i hope we can delve into other music written for this combination. Keep an eye out!
Julian, Hila and Chris will playing the programme on the 26th of April 2012 in St Peters Church , Eaton Square London
This October Julian Bliss and a great friend Giovanni Guzzo will premiere a piece called ”Zwei Luusbuebe” written by Rodolphe Schacher. This piece was commissioned by the Weinberger Chamber Orchestra and written for Julian and Giovanni.
The French Swiss composer and pianist Rodolphe Schacher is one of the leading composers of this generation. In 2007 he was Composer in residence at the Menuhin festival in Gstaad. The title of the piece Zwei Luusbuebe’’ loosely means ‘‘Two Rascals’’. The piece is inspired by the popular childrens story by Wilhelm Buschs called ‘‘Max and Moritz’’. The story is a highly inventive, witty illustration of the pranks Max and Moritz play on unsuspecting subjects.
Julian says- ” To be working with the Weinberger Chamber Orchestra again is fantastic. The last time we played together was a couple of years ago and Mozart was on the programme. I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere!! Its great to be playing this commission especially with Giovanni Guzzo (violin) and Gabor Takács-Nagy who is one of my favourite conductors. Working with Rodolphe has been great fun, and i look forward to many performances of this piece. Keep up to date here on my website and also on my Facebook and Twitter for backstage videos, and the all important video blog”
Catch Julian, Giovanni and the Weinberger chamber orchestra in Switzerland this October. Concerts are in Rieden,Bern and Zurich. Click HERE for more details
Earlier this year Julian Bliss joined the Mayor of London’s Fund for Young Musicians. The aim of the fund is to provide outstanding progression and development opportunities to young people who demonstrate significant musical talent and commitment.
“The Mayors Fund for Young Musicians has my overwhelming support and dedication. I feel very strongly that young people should have every opportunity and possibility to pursue their interests in music. I look forward to actively encouraging and working alongside some of Britain’s future musicians.”- Julian Bliss
To offer at least 200 Scholarships per year for 7-11 year olds, for a duration of up to 4 years, providing: access to musical instruments, small group instrumental tuition, regular performance opportunities, individual mentoring and progression opportunities.
For a list of Patrons, more information or to get involved, please visit www.mfym.org.uk
Bernard Herrmann was perhaps one of the greatest musical all-rounders of the 20th Century. Although he is best known for his film scores to perhaps some of the most iconic films ever made (Vertigo, Citizen Kane, Psycho), he was also a talented composer for the concert hall, with an early career marked out by his skill as a conductor, praised by Stravinsky amongst others, who autographed Hermann’s score for his Symphony in 3 Movements with “To the excellent musician and conductor, Bernard Herrmann. Cordially, I. Stravinsky.”
The Tippett Quartet capture the energy and musical finesse of Herrmann’s works in this recording, accompanied for Souvernirs de Voyage by Julian Bliss and featuring a new arrangement of his score for ‘Psycho’.
Read more and buy the album HERE
Join the Julian Bliss sextet for an evening of some of the best jazz tunes from the Benny Goodman era. Backe by a stellar line up of musicians Julian’s dynamic virtuosity leads the sextet through some of the great tunes from the King of Swing.
Dates will be announced soon – in the meantime check out the special site here.
Bliss came to Leblanc and distinguished designer Morrie Backun to develop a clarinet that will revolutionize the concept of what an affordable clarinet can and should be. Whether a beginner, advanced musician or working musician, the Bliss clarinets offer unmatched tone and mechanics coupled with the superior intonation and evenness that are the hallmarks of Leblanc clarinets.
Says Bliss of the new clarinet line, “I know I can pick up any Bliss clarinet and be able to perform at the level to which I am accustomed. I can’t say that about even some of the highest level clarinets from other makers. I’ll be bringing my personal Bliss with me on the road. I want to make everyone aware of what this clarinet is capable of”.
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