BCMG Percussionist Julian Warburton

Julian Warburton


Julian Warburton has acquired an international reputation as Percussion Soloist and Chamber Musician. His rise to prominence came early, whilst still a student in 1996 he was asked to perform MacMillan’s Veni Veni Emmanuel at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

The following year he won the final of the prestigious YCAT competition at the Wigmore Hall and under their management went on to perform as a soloist throughout the UK, Europe, South America, India and China.

He made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2001 performing Rebonds by Iannis Xenakis to huge critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the RPS Instrumentalist Award shortly after.

Julian has a passion for Chamber Music and for the past twelve years has been a principal player with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, where he has performed countless world premieres and developed a close working relationship with many Composer/Conductors, notably Thomas Adès and Oliver Knussen.

Although so many of Julian’s experiences with the BCMG have been special and unforgettable, two stand out in particular – the amazing performances of Les Noces with Adès and the Pokrovsky Ensemble; and most recently the European premiere performances of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest which, as well as the expected virtuosic percussion part, required the unforgettable smashing of 48 dinner plates!