Julian Bliss on his career: 'I'm just getting started'

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Julian Bliss at Classic FM Live, 23 September 2014

The young British clarinettist chats with Classic FM's Jane Jones about his career - playing, and now manufacturing, clarinets.

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The star clarinet player has two fiendishly hard showpieces to play at Classic FM Live.

Julian Bliss has his work cut out for him on stage at the Royal Albert Hall, performing Czardas by Monti, and the virtuoso classic, Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov, in a new arrangement by Julian himself.

Classic FM's Jane Jones caught up with the clarinettist backstage, and asked him about his years of playing the instrument, which he took up when he was four years old.

"In many respects I feel like now I'm just getting started," said Julian. "Everything I've done I'll want to do again. I always feel you can do everything better. I've been playing for a number of years, it really doesn't feel like it."

They also chatted about his new recording of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, and his unexpected role in the manufacturing of his own brand of clarinet.