Julian Perkins | harpsichord & clavichord
Julian Perkins performs widely as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician. As director of Sounds Baroque, he has launched a series of cantata recordings with Avie Records and performed at London’s Southbank Centre and festivals such as Ryedale, York and Tel Aviv.
His conducting engagements have included appearances at the Anghiari Festival and staged productions of Telemann’s Pimpinone (Buxton Festival), Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (Dutch National Opera Academy), a Handel pasticcio – Handel Furioso (Grimeborn Festival), Arne’s The Cooper and Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Arne’s Artaxerxes (New Chamber Opera), Platt’s King Fred who never was (New Kent Opera) and Cunningham’s The Okavango Macbeth (Cambridge Summer Music Festival).
Julian regularly works with most of the UK’s leading period instrument ensembles and has performed concertos with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Sixteen and the New London Soloists.
He has also performed and recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and given world premières of works by leading composers including Stephen Dodgson and Jonathan Dove. His solo harpsichord recordings feature a range of important historical instruments, including the Royal harpsichord at Kew Palace by Burkat Shudi.
Based in London, Julian teaches harpsichord, clavichord and vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, is a tutor for the Southbank Sinfonia and has taught at the National Opera Studio. He benefited greatly from his studies in Cambridge, Basle and London and from singing in the Monteverdi Choir, and is one of only a handful of harpsichordists to have studied with Trevor Pinnock.
In 2010, Julian was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his contribution to the music profession.