Wow, it’s already some time since my last post…sorry for being inactive over the entire week. I was pretty busy lately – and I probably will be until the break. With the all the never-ending schoolwork and afterschool activities (school band on Thursdays, etc.) I’ll be killing myself to try to get some posts written till then. I promise by the start of break to pinch in some more posts. So for now, just stick with a quick one.
I wanted to write this post for some time now. I’m not sure if I can really write something like this on TRT but hey, let me give it a try. As the headline says, this here is Julian Bliss. He is 21 this year and is a professional solo clarinetist that’s currently performing worldwide. He had started performing when he was 4 – which is a pretty impressive age to even start with.
Julian, at first, never really had thought about playing the clarinet. When he was young, he always told his parents that he wanted to start playing an instrument. His parents never really believed that he was serious but they decided to let him play several things before. Julian never had interest in anything until one day his parents gave him a plastic clarinet to try. He tried it for a few times and really got into it. Soon, as he grew older, started taking it seriously and choose to go one road in the future – a professional musician.
Julian went through a long and hard path – learning from his teachers (Sabine Meyer, etc.) to practicing at home for 4 hours a day. When he was 17, he was chosen to perform at the Queen of England’s 80th Anniversary, where many spectators complimented on the amazing job he did. Now 21 years old, he is a well-known clarinet professional and credited to have created his own shared clarinet-making company called The Leblanc Bliss clarinets, along with Morrie Backun, who is a master clarinet designer with the Leblanc company. This collaboration group created the Bliss clarinets today (like the one pictured). Julian has recorded some of his works, including performances as well.
I wanted to make this post for 2 reasons basically. The first reason why I want to write this is because on Wednesday evening, I went to his live performance show held in my local neighborhood. At that time, my music teacher had actually recommended me to go watch it. His amazing performance was around 2 hours only but it was one memorable concert that I didn’t think I would forget (did I mention that after the show I managed to get his autograph and asked for a picture?). Secondly, I have to do this music project in which I have to go to a live concert to do – which I’m working on now.
For more information on Julian Bliss, check out his website: