Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as a guest lecturer and creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument.
The Carducci String Quartet has appeared at leading venues worldwide including Wigmore Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, Tivoli Concert Hall Copenhagen, Carnegie Hall New York, and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center in Washington DC. The ensemble received a Chamber Music and Song Award from the Royal Philharmonic Society for the project in April 2016.
Acclaimed for its interpretation of contemporary repertoire, the Carducci String Quartet has premièred many specially composed works by composers including Huw Watkins, Huang Ruo, John McCabe, Michael Berkeley, Sven-Ingo Koch. In 2019 they will present three new works: a String Quartet by Karl Jenkins, a Piano Quintet by Kate Whitley, and a new suite for String Quartet by Jonny Greenwood with music from his score to the film There Will Be Blood. In addition to its busy concert schedule, the Quartet curates festivals both in Cheltenham and Castagneto Carducci in Italy – the town from which it took its name.