Born in Manchester, England, Julian Evans studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with John Wilson and the late Polish pianist Ryszard Bakst. He later worked with Maria Curcio in London and Aline Gualino in Germany. In 1984 he became the youngest-ever winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition, which launched his international career, comprising of over 100 concerts a year. Following his London debut at the Wigmore Hall, Malcolm Hayes of the London Times reported: "let us welcome a remarkable and intensely musical talent."
He pursues an extensive career on the continent and has already appeared as soloist in many of the major European centers including: Nice Opera, Cannes Festival, Paris, Munich, Hannover, Dresden Frauenkirche, Berlin and Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus am Gendarnmarkt, Beethoven Haus Bonn, Ludwigsburg Festival, Kongresshalle Lucerne, Riga Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore and, Queen Elizabeth Halls, Purcell Room, St. John's Smith Square, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater and Freetrade Halls Manchester. After his Alte Oper, Frankfurt Debut as part of the Simon Rattle Beethoven Symphony Series his rendering of the Liszt solo transcription of the Beethoven Eroica Symphony was hailed in the Frankfurter Rundschau as: “Phenomenal pianistic stamina, terse and succinct tempi, meticulous articulation and supreme execution that even Franz Liszt himself would have probably admired."
He has become a prolific recording artist, and has recorded extensively for Hyperion records, La Vergne Classics and most recently for Organum Classics and Organo Phon featuring many solo works and concertos of Rachmaninov, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. His debut Liszt recording for Organum Classics drew sensational reviews and in the German CD magazine FONO FORUM the following was reported: “Staggering manual facility – taste and solidity of style, but above all he has powerfully reinforced that which he promised some years back – namely that he belongs to the very top echelons of the greatest pianists.”
In addition to his solo work he is very much active as a chamber musician appearing since 1996 as a duo with the violinist Julia Becker, Konzertmeisterin of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich. He has also worked with many singers over the years and is regularly active as an accompanist. He performed extensively with the Amici di Verdi, London at the Royal Opera House and the Blackheath Concert Halls under the direction of the late Sir Edward Downes performing with the pianist Nina Walker.
2014 performances included tours of Tchaikovsky’s 1st with the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Chopin 1st with Thurgauer Kammerorchester and recitals in France, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom. After his performance at the 2014 Schauenberg Festival, Alsace the critics wrote „A veritable demiurge of the keyboard….his magnificent interpretations of Chopin, Rachmaninov and Ravel‘s Gaspard de la Nuit blew public and pianists present away and will go down in the history of the annals of this festival“.