Mar 25

Julian Lloyd Webber

17th January Julian Lloyd Webber with pianist Pam Chowhan

Julian Lloyd Webber and cello

‘Travels with my Cello’ To celebrate his 60th birthday in 2011 Julian takes us on a unique musical journey through his extraordinary career in words, live performance and video.  Not to be missed!

Sponsored by BOYDENS, (Estate Agent), Frinton-on-Sea and Colchester.

Biography

Widely regarded as one of the most creative musicians of his generation and now leading England’s In Harmony programme, Julian Lloyd Webber won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music when he was sixteen and completed his studies in Geneva with the renowned French cellist, Pierre Fournier. Since then he has collaborated with an extraordinary array of musicians from Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Georg Solti to Elton John and Stephane Grappelli.

Julian has won numerous awards for his services to music, including the Crystal Award (presented at the World Economic Forum in 1998) and the Classic FM Red Award in 2005. In 1994 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. As leader of In Harmony, the British Government’s new music programme, Julian is working to promote personal and community development in some of England’s most deprived areas, through orchestral-based learning and musical experiences.

Julian has made many outstanding recordings including his Brit-Award winning Elgar Concerto conducted by Yehudi Menuhin (chosen as the finest ever version by BBC Music Magazine) the Dvorák Concerto with Vaclav Neumann and the Czech Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the London Symphony under Maxim Shostakovich and a coupling of Britten’s Cello Symphony and Walton’s Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which was described by Gramophone magazine as “beyond any rival”. Julian has also recorded several hugely successful CD’s of short pieces for Universal Classics including Made in England, Cello Moods and Cradle Song: “It would be difficult to find better performances of this kind of repertoire anywhere on records of today or yesterday” – Gramophone.

Julian has premiered more than fifty new works for cello and has inspired new compositions from composers as diverse as Malcolm Arnold and Joaquin Rodrigo to James MacMillan and Philip Glass. Recent concert performances have included three further works composed for Julian – Michael Nyman’s Double Concerto for Cello and Saxophone on BBC Television, Gavin Bryars’ Concerto in Suntory Hall, Tokyo and Philip Glass’s Concerto at the Beijing International Festival. His recording of the Glass concerto was released on the Orange Mountain label in September 2004. Recent recordings – both on EMI Classics – include Unexpected Songs and Phantasia, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and featuring violinist Sarah Chang.

Julian joined the Board of Govenors of London’s Southbank Centre in September 2009 and earlier that year – in recognition of his lifelong devotion to Elgar’s music – he was elected President of the Elgar Society.

Julian is married to fellow cellist Jiaxin Cheng. He is a passionate supporter of Leyton Orient football club and was London Underground’s first official busker.

Julian plays the ‘Barjansky’ Stradivarius cello (c. 1690).

For Julian’s regular pianist Pam Chowhan’s biography please click here.

2 comments

  1. 17th January Julian Lloyd Webber with pianist Pam Chowhan
    ‘Travels with my Cello’

    A wonderful evening was enjoyed by a packed house at the Princes Theatre for the opening evening of the second half of the Arts and Literary Society programme. Julian Lloyd Webber, the world renowned cellist, accompanied by Pam Chowhan delighted the audience with a selection of pieces by well known composers. The beautiful Adagio in G by Bach and The Swan by Saint Saens were a treat not to be missed.

    The beginning of the second half was devoted to Lloyd Webber compositions – a haunting piece by his father, William, “In the Half Light”, followed by Song for Baba composed by Julian nineteen years ago and, of course, Music of the Night, by his brother Andrew. This lovely music was followed by a video presentation aspecting much of his career performing around the world. A reading from his book ‘Travels with my Cello’ had the audience chuckling, before he delighted us once more with music for piano and cello which culminated with the Ritual Fire Dance by Falla. The audience wanted more and the artistes were joined by Julian’s wife, the cellist Jiaxin Cheng, for an encore which brought to an end a most memorable evening.

    Audrey Owens
    Press Office

  2. We awaited the Julian Lloyd Webber concert with positive anticipation-we
    were not disappointed!

    A truly awe inspiring experience-liberally spread with genuine humility (he
    made light of his own delightful composition)-`song for baba!`
    This, especially relevant when put in context with those of his very famous
    brother!

    A person that we had seen on our television screens and heard on radio
    over many years, he has been associated with the very `crème de crème`
    of international musicians of all genres.

    Some of the tunes we already knew-others not familiar at all, but every
    one presented with such accuracy and the dedication that has become his
    trademark.

    Very ably accompanied on the piano by Pam Chowhan.
    Also many had not realised (including me!) that Julian`s wife is also an
    accomplished cellist and it was marvellous that she joined the duo for the
    encore and made a very valuable contribution.

    Another wonderful evening proving yet again, that if enough people give
    support (the theatre was packed)-anything is possible!

    Jennifer Kersey.

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