Julian Milkis, clarinetist

In a world, where the word “cross-over artist” is thrown around without much meaning, clarinetist Julian Milkis stands out as a true testament to this description as one of the most exciting and versatile artists performing today, as well as one of the leading practitioners of his instrument.  One of today's leading clarinetists, and the only student of clarinet icon Benny Goodman, Juilliard trained artist Julian Milkis has garnered an international reputation as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and jazz clarinetist. 

His unique interpretation and captivating, branded sound have earned him acclaim from critics throughout the world.   The Hamburg Abendblatt praised his “Beautiful sustaining sound and great virtuosity,” the Edmond Journal called his performance of the Nielson Clarinet Concerto a “triumph,” while the Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta in Moscow wrote flat out: “simply the best clarinetist in the world!”

Mr. Milkis has appeared on the principal stages of virtually every continent, including the Far East, Europe and the Americas, performing at such prominent stages as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall in Toronto, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and many others.

His numerous soloist appearances include the Toronto Symphony, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, Hamburg Mozarteum, Edmonton Symphony, L’Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, L’Orchestre Symphonique Francaise, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Divertissment Chamber Orchestra, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra and Musica Viva, to name a few; performing under the batons of  such distinguished conductors as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Mark Gorenstein, as well as Hugh Wolff, Mario Bernardi, Victor Feldbril, Uri Meyer, Nurhan Arman, Eric Bergel, Arnold Katz, Alexander Chernushenko, Valery Afanasiev, Alexander Rudin, and Hobart Earle.

Aside from being an established soloist, Julian Milkis is a sought after chamber musician, having collaborated with some of today’s leading artists, including Valery Afanasiev, Yuri Bashmet, Gerard Causse, Alexander Kniazev, Misha Maisky, Alexander Rudin, the Borodin String Quartet,  the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, St. Peter’s Trio, etc.

Having participated in many of the most prominent music festivals world-wide, such as Printemps Musical à Paris, Courchevel and the Musique à Flaine in France; Camerino in Italy; Burgos in Spain;  St. Petersburg Spring and Moscow Winter Festivals in Russia; Ayvalik in Turkey; Summit Festval in NY and the Niagara on the Lake Chamber Music Festival in Canada, among others, Mr. Milkis’s performances have been broadcast extensively on radio and television throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.  Notably, he has been regularly invited to perform at the famed Sviatoslav Richter’s “December Evenings” chamber music festival in Moscow since 1991.

A multi faced musician, Mr. Milkis is one of the leading voices for his instrument in the field of Jazz.  His treasured collaboration with jazz pianist Dick Hyman (Benny Goodman’s old bandmate, who has  written a Ragtime Concerto, and transcribed a number of King of Swing's classics for Mr. Milkis) provide a rare and genuine insight into the golden era of Jazz.   

Dedicated to promoting today’s music and expanding the repertoire of his instrument, Mr. Milkis has had numerous works written for him, including concertos by O. Moravetz, O. Petrova, B. Tichtchenko, M. Weinberg, D. Hyman, and others.  He has also worked closely with world famous composers, such as Giya Kancheli, and Olivier Messiaen.

Mr. Milkis has recorded for Warner Classics’ Lontano, the French Suoni e Colori, Sony’s Russian division CEAUX, and Russian Melodiya and Russian Season

Julian Milkis was a full scholarship student at the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with the renowned teacher Leon Russianoff. A Canadian citizen, he won the Canada Council and Floyd Chalmers Awards for four consecutive years. Aside from his musical education, Mr. Milkis holds Masters Degree in Russian Literature from the Norwich University in Vermont.

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, and Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra across North and South America, as well as a worldwide tour with the Borodin String Quartet.

One of the highlights in Julian’s schedule for 2015 will be his appearances at the major venues of Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and New York during the month of December. The 2016-17 season is already completed with engagements with “Il Virtuosi del all Scala” and Julian Rachlin, a European tour with the Borodin String Quartet, and solo and orchestral performances in major concert halls of Spain, Italy, Germany, Malta, Turkey, Poland, Armenia, and Russia.