Julian Sperry; flute
Born in 1967, Julian Sperry began his musical education at Chetham’s School of Music, and from there was awarded a scholarship to the Paris Conservatoire where he studied under Alain Marion and Raymond Guiot.
Julian is currently Principal Flute with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Garsington Opera and has made guest appearances with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Welsh National Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a guest Principal with the London Symphony Orchestra who invited him on their tours of America, Japan and Austria. He has worked with conductors such as Haitink, Tilson-Thomas, Zweden, Hickox, Vasary and Norrington.
As a soloist, Julian has given recital and concerto performances throughout America, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and France, and at major international festivals in the UK including Harrogate and Lichfield, giving his London debut in 1991 at the Purcell Room as a winner of the Park Lane Group competition. Two years later he made his Wigmore Hall debut, sponsored by the Tillett Trust, Myra Hess Trust and Daily Mail. Julian has also performed concertos at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, and the Fairfield Hall in Croydon.
The winner of numerous competitions and awards, Julian has played for Radio-France, Classic FM and BBC Radio, and performed concertos and recitals for television and radio in Britain and the States. His recordings include a CD of solo flute works titled ‘Flute Alone’ which received a special commendation in the 1996 Vienna Modem Masters Performers Competition, a CD of works by Richard Sisson, titled ‘Sonata’, specially commissioned for him by the Harrogate International Festival, a recital CD with pianist Carole Presland, which the Evening Standard selected as one of their “Critics Choice” in 1998, Bach’s 4th Brandenburg with the London Baroque Ensemble, and Bach’s Triple Concerto for ASV label. New recordings include works for flute and string ensemble for Hyperion record label.