Composer Information: Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber is described by Strad magazine as ‘the doyen of British cellists’ and is widely regarded as one of the finest musicians of his generation. He enjoys one of the most creative and successful careers in classical music today. As founder of the British Government’s In Harmony programme and the Chair of Sistema England, he continues to promote personal and community development in some of England’s most deprived areas.

At the age of sixteen Julian Lloyd Webber won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music and he completed his studies in Geneva with the renowned cellist, Pierre Fournier. Since then he has collaborated with an extraordinary array of musicians from Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel and Sir Georg Solti to Elton John and Stephane Grappelli.

Julian Lloyd Webber has premiered more than sixty works for cello and he has inspired new compositions from composers as diverse as Joaquin Rodrigo and Malcolm Arnold to Philip Glass, James MacMillan and — most recently — Eric Whitacre. He has also recorded several highly successful CDs including Cello Song, Unexpected Songs and — together with his wife Jiaxin — A Tale of Two Cellos. His recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto was chosen as “the finest ever” by BBC Music Magazine and he has also recorded concertos by Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Rodrigo and Philip Glass among many others.

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