Julian grew up in a musical family, surrounded by music of many varieties. At age 13, he started learning French Horn at the Christchurch School of Instrumental Music (CSIM). Through the CSIM and at high school, Julian studied horn under various tutors including Paul Mayhew, Mark Hodgkinson, David Cox and Ed Allen.
During his teenage years, Julian was Principal Horn for the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra. He also played in the National Youth Orchestra, the South Island Youth Orchestra, and in several brass ensembles and wind quintets. Throughout high school, Julian also studied percussion for a short period and performed with the Canterbury Percussion Ensemble.
Julian has been a regular performer with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since 1990, usually found playing second horn. Apart from the CSO, his current freelance musical activities include casual horn for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, numerous musicals (primarily for Showbiz Christchurch), and his local church.
Thanks to his eternally patient wife and three boys, Julian manages to find time between rehearsals and concerts to fit in his ‘day job’ as a Senior Engineer at Aqualinc Research Ltd, a local engineering consultancy, where he specialises in groundwater.
Julian has completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Master of Engineering degrees in Civil Engineering from Canterbury University. He is also a Chartered Professional Engineer. When he manages to find spare time, Julian likes home renovating, gardening, watching movies and listening to many types of music.