Julian Milkis, Clarinetist

Canadian Clarinetist
North American Representation, and special projects

“…simply the best clarinetist in the world!”- Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moscow, Russia

With a unique, branded sound, a virtuosic technical ease and a musical imagination that has captivated critics and audiences alike around the world, Julian Milkis carries the rare honor of being the only student of the clarinet legend Benny Goodman, as well as the title of the “King of Crossover”. Mr. Milkis’ unique interpretations and artistry have earned him an international stature of a dazzling soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and jazz clarinetist, with performances at principal venues of virtually every continent, including the Far East, Europe and the Americas.

His orchestral appearances with the Toronto Symphony, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, L’Orchestre Colonne, L’Orchestre Symphonique Francaise, KBS Symphony of Seoul, Korea are only some of the symphony orchestras that featured Julian Milkis as their soloist on some of the world’s most prominent stages in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic of Russia, Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall in Toronto, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and others.

Aside from being an established solo artist, Julian Milkis is a sought-after chamber musician, having collaborated with some of today’s leading artists including Yuri Bashmet, Misha Maisky, the Borodin String Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, to name a few. A multifaceted musician, Mr. Milkis is one of the leading voices for his instrument in the field of Jazz. His treasured collaboration with the jazz pianist Dick Hyman – Benny Goodman’s old bandmate, who has transcribed a number of King of Swing’s classics for Julian, and recently dedicated Ragtime Concerto for him – provides a rare and genuine insight into the golden era of Jazz.

With an extensive amount of music written for him, including a number of concertos, Julian Milkis has had the honor of working with iconic music personalities, such as Giya Kancheli and Olivier Messiaen. Mr. Milkis has recorded for Warner Classics’ Lontano, the French Suonie Colori, Sony’s Russian division CEAUX, and Russian Melodiya and Russian Season.

Julian Milkis performs exclusively on Yamaha Clarinets and Rico reeds. His busy performing schedule during the next few seasons will feature concert tours with the Virtuosi of La Scala in Europe and Middle East, Soloists of Russia, the Borodin String Quartet, and others.

One of the highlights in Julian’s schedule in the next seasons will be his recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, and “Night Prayers” by Giya Kancheli with the Virtuosi of La Scala, appearances with the Siberian Virtuosi in Boston’s John Hancock Hall, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as performances at European and American Summer Festivals.

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