Julian Lloyd Webber

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Name = Julian Lloyd Webber


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Julian Lloyd Webber (born April 14 1951) is one of the world's most renowned solo cellists. He is the second son of the composer William Lloyd Webber (some of whose pieces for cello he has recorded) and the younger brother of the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Life and work

Julian Lloyd Webber was a scholar at the Royal College of Music [September 1968 to July 1972] (London) and completed his studies with Pierre Fournier in Geneva in 1973.

Lloyd Webber has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians from Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner , Georg Solti and Esa-Pekka Salonen to Stephane Grappelli, Elton John and Cleo Laine.

Lloyd Webber has made many recordings, including his BRIT Award winning Elgar Cello Concerto conducted by Yehudi Menuhin (chosen as the finest ever version by BBC Music Magazine), [Dr. Jerrold Northrop Moore: "Building a Library", "BBC Music Magazine", September 1992] the Dvořák Cello Concerto with Vaclav Neumann and the Czech Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the London Symphony Orchestra 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". He has also recorded several CDs of short pieces for Universal Classics including Made in England, Cello Moods, Cradle Song and English Idyll (album): "It would be difficult to find better performances of this kind of repertoire anywhere on records of today or yesterday" - Gramophone. [Alan Saunders: "Gramophone", October 1993]

Lloyd Webber has given more than fifty works their premiere recordings and has inspired new compositions for cello from composers as diverse as Malcolm Arnold and Joaquín 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's Concerto in Suntory Hall, Tokyo and Philip Glass's Concerto at the Beijing International Festival. His recording of the Glass concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Gerard Schwarz was released on the Orange Mountain label in September 2004.

Lloyd Webber’s recording, "Phantasia", is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Phantom of the Opera" and features violinist Sarah Chang. A recent EMI disc, "Unexpected Songs", which included collaborations with harpist Catrin Finch and singer Michael Ball was released in June 2006.

Julian Lloyd Webber has also been greatly involved in music education and formed the 'Music Education Consortium' with James Galway and Evelyn Glennie in 2003. He also writes a monthly column on music and musicians for the Daily Telegraph. He received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in 1998 and a Classic FM Red Award for outstanding services to music in 2005.He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1994 and has received honorary doctorates from both the University of Hull and Thames Valley University.

Julian Lloyd Webber plays the Barjansky Stradivarius cello, dated c.1690.

In 2008, the British Government invited Lloyd Webber to be Chairman of its In Harmony project.

Trivia

Julian Lloyd Webber was granted the first busker's licence on the London Underground.

Recordings

Orchestral Recordings

* "Frank Bridge" Oration (1976)
* "Benjamin Britten" Cello Symphony (1995)
* "Gavin Bryars" Cello Concerto (1994)
* "Delius" Cello Concerto (1982)
* "Antonín Dvořák" Cello Concerto (1988)
* "Elgar" Cello Concerto (1985)
* "Philip Glass" Cello Concerto (2003)
* "Granville Bantock" Sapphic Poem (1999)
* "Haydn" Cello Concertos Nos.1 and 2 (1983)
* "Victor Herbert" Cello Concerto No.2 (1986)
* "Honegger" Cello Concerto (1990)
* "Lalo" Cello Concerto (1982)
* "Andrew Lloyd Webber" Phantasia album for violin, cello and orchestra (2004)
* "Miaskovsky" Cello Concerto 1991)
* "Nyman" Concerto for Cello, Saxophone and orchestra (1996)
* "Joaquín Rodrigo" Concierto Como Un Divertimento (1982)
* "Saint-Saëns " Cello Concerto No. 1(1990)
* "Arthur Sullivan" Cello Concerto (1986)
* "Tchaikovsky" Variations on a Rococo Theme(1991)
* "William Walton" Cello Concerto 1995)

Chamber Recordings

* " Arnold" Fantasy for Cello (1986)
* " Britten" Cello Sonata (1988)
* " Britten" Third Suite for Cello (1979)
* " Bruch" Kol Nidrei (1998)
* "Debussy" Cello Sonata (1979)
* "Delius" Caprice and Elegy (1993)
* "Delius" Cello Sonata (1995)
* " Fauré " Elegie (1990)
* " Fricker" Cello Sonata (1976)
* "Grieg" Cello Sonata (1995)
* " Holst" Invocation (1993)
* " Ireland" Cello Sonata (1979)
* " Ireland" Complete Piano Trios (1976)
* " Lloyd Webber" Variations (album) (1977)
* "Prokofiev" Ballade (1988)
* "Rachmaninov" Cello Sonata (1979)
* " Rawsthorne" Cello Sonata (1986)
* "Shostakovich" Cello Sonata (1988)
* " Stanford" Cello Sonata No.2 (1991)

Collections

* "Travels with my Cello" (1984)
* " Encore! / Travels with my Cello Vol.2" (1986)
* "Cello Song" (1993)
* " Cradle Song" (1995)
* " English Idyll" (1994)
* " Cradle Song" (1995)
* "Cello Moods" (1998)
* " Elegy" (1999)
* " Lloyd Webber plays Lloyd Webber" (2001)
* "Celebration" (2001)
* " Made in England" (2001)
* "Unexpected Songs" (2006)

External links

* [http://www.julianlloydwebber.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=julian+lloyd+webber&search=Search Filmed performances]
* [http://www.inharmonyengland.com/ In Harmony]
* [http://www.imgartists.com/?page=artist&mid=139&id=169 Management Website]
* [http://www.elgar.org/ Elgar site]
* [http://www.julianlloydwebber.com/recordings.asp Recordings]
* [http://www.julianlloydwebber.com/reviews.asp Reviews]
* [http://www.julianlloydwebber.com/world_economic_forum_speech.htm 1998 Speech to World Economic Forum]
* [http://www.myspace.com/julianlw MySpace Website]

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