Patron: Julian Joseph
Acclaimed by critics and audiences the world over, Julian Joseph never fails to inspire with his mastery of the keyboard, the versatility of his musicianship and scope of his creative imagination. Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and broadcaster, Julian is a major player in the global house of jazz.
Julian has performed at many major international festivals, has toured the globe with his Trio and Quartet, Electric Band and Forum Project Band, directed and performed with his All-Star Big Band at some of the grandest venues in the UK to audiences of thousands.
Julian has established himself as a jazz pioneer in the classical world. He was the first jazz musician to be invited to give a series of all-acoustic concerts at London’s most prestigious classical venue, the Wigmore Hall. He has recorded numerous duets over the years and as a soloist, he has given numerous recitals with some of the most renowned symphony orchestras in Europe.
Off the concert platform, Julian is in constant demand as a broadcaster and presenter; he ran a BBC3 Radio show from April 2000 to February 2007 called ‘Jazz Legends’. In 2007 he joined BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz Line-Up’ team. He has also made two series for Meridian TV UK and a series for Sky TV’s ‘Artsworld’ channel. He is the recipient of numerous music awards, including the 2006 Parliamentary Jazz Awards Broadcaster of the Year.
The Firebird Trust realise that Julian plays an important role in jazz education. He was a key figure that helped launch a jazz syllabus for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He regularly builds into his touring schedule time to advise and nurture students of all ages and is keen to pass on his knowledge and skills to aspiring players.
It is his attitude, reputation and talent that makes Julian a great patron for the Firebird Trust!