Widely regarded as one of the most creative musicians of his generation, Julian Lloyd Webber won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music when he was sixteen and completed his studies in Geneva with the renowned French cellist, Pierre Fournier. Since then he has collaborated with an extraordinary array of musicians from Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Georg Solti to Stephane Grappelli, Elton John and Cleo Laine.
Julian Lloyd Webber has made many outstanding recordings including his Brit-Award winning Elgar Concerto conducted by Yehudi Menuhin (chosen as the finest ever version by BBC Music Magazine) the Dvoøák Concerto with Vaclav Neumann and the Czech Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the London Symphony under Maxim Shostakovich and a coupling of Britten’s Cello Symphony and Walton’s Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which was described by Gramophone magazine as “beyond any rival”. Julian has also recorded several hugely successful CD’s of short pieces for Universal Classics including Made in England, Cello Moods and Cradle Song: “It would be difficult to find better performances of this kind of repertoire anywhere on records of today or yesterday” - Gramophone.
Julian Lloyd Webber has premiered more than fifty new works for cello and has inspired new compositions from composers as diverse as Malcolm Arnold and Joaquin Rodrigo to James MacMillan and Philip Glass. Recent concert performances have included three further works composed for Julian - Michael Nyman’s Double Concerto for Cello and Saxophone on BBC Television, Gavin Bryars’ Concerto in Suntory Hall, Tokyo and Philip Glass’s Concerto at the Beijing International Festival. His recording of the Glass concerto was released on the Orange Mountain label in September 2004.
Julian’s most recent recordings – on EMI Classics - include Phantasia , based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and featuring violinist Sarah Chang and Unexpected Songs. Julian has also been entrusted by the British Government to steer the In Harmony project which began in January 2009.
Julian was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in 1998 and the Classic FM Red Award for outstanding services to music in 2005. He has received honorary doctorates from both the University of Hull and Thames Valley University and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1994.
Julian Lloyd Webber plays the ‘Barjansky’ Stradivarius cello of c. 1690.