Born in July 1958, Julian was educated at Chatham’s School of Music, going to the Royal College of Music in 1976 where he studied violin, composition and piano. In April 1979 he joined the violin section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and four years later became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, a position he currently holds.
Julian’s musical heritage is closely linked with Suffolk. His grandmother came from Lowestoft and was Benjamin Britten’s cousin (his great-grandmother was Britten’s aunt). Julian’s connections with East Anglia stem from this familial tie, holidaying in Lowestoft many times while growing up, and of course being involved in many projects at the concert hall at Snape Maltings.
In addition to his orchestral activities, Julian has appeared many times on behalf of the Philharmonia Orchestra in chamber concerts including, most recently, a quintet tour to South America and concerts at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Overseas League and the Italian Institute. He has also directed the orchestra on several occasions in repertoire as diverse as Shostakovich, Kurt Weil, Piazzolla, Rachmaninov and Gershwin.