The Nelly Berman School is proud to welcome Sir Julian Milkis to our clarinet faculty, by special arrangement, giving our students the opportunity to take lessons from one of the most prominent solo clarinetists of the 21st century. Mr. Milkis’ impressive sound, a virtuosic technical ease and a musical imagination has captivated critics and audiences alike around the world, He carries the rare honor of being the only student of the clarinet legend Benny Goodman. Mr. Milkis’ unique interpretations and artistry have earned him an international stature of a dazzling soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and jazz clarinetist, with performances at principal venues of virtually every continent, including the Far East, Europe and the Americas.
His numerous solo appearances include The Toronto Symphony, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Gosorkestr), St. Petersburg Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, L’Orchestre Colonne, L’Orchestre Symphonique Francaise, and KBS Symphony of Seoul, Korea, and these are only some of the symphony orchestras that featured Julian Milkis as their soloist on some of the world’s most prominent stages in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic of Russia, Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall in Toronto, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and others.
Mr. Milkis has recorded for Russian Melodiya, Warner Classics’ Lontano, the French Suoni e Colori, Sony’s Russian division CEAUX, Russian Seasons, and Brilliant Classics. Recently, Julian Milkis became the recipient of the very prestigious title of the Knight of Honour of Maltese Order, St. John Grand Priory.
Mr. Milkis is no stranger to the Nelly Berman School; he is an old friend of Elena’s and he was one of the judges for the 2017 “Celebrating Nelly” Young Classical Virtuosos of Tomorrow competition.