As soloist, chamber musician, collaborator and conductor most notably in the sphere of “New” and “Recent” music Julian has earned an indisputable reputation for versatility, technical virtuosity and imaginative interpretation.
He has performed world-wide as a soloist under the management of “The Young Concert Artists’ Trust”, establishing himself as an influential performer and playing a major role in revolutionising the genre of solo percussion.
He frequently features on radio both in the UK and abroad, recently performing the World Premiere of a new Percussion Concerto by Mark Bowden with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, which was recorded for the NMC label and released in 2015.
As a regular performer with Composer/Conductors Thomas Ades and Oliver Knussen he features on Two of their recent recordings – “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Gerald Barry and “The Rape of Lucretia”, Benjamin Britten.
Since 2000 Julian has been a principal player with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, an ensemble with which he has performed countless World Premieres, made numerous award-winning recordings and played critically acclaimed concerts throughout Europe the US and Mexico.
Julian studied Performance, Conducting and Composition at the University of Huddersfield before going on to the Advanced Solo Studies course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now Professor of Percussion and Director of Ensemble.