Julian Azkoul has appeared in over a dozen countries as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader working closely with prominent conductors Stephen Cleobury, Richard Gonski, Franck Fontcouberte and Wojciek Czepiel, including solo performances with the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra, the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra and the Lebanese National Philharmonic. Julian has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestras since 2012 working with some of today's most celebrated conductors and soloists and has led orchestras under the baton of Daniel Barenboim and Sir Colin Davis. He is on trial for a number of principal positions with some of Britain's leading orchestras. Julian read music at King's College, Cambridge and obtained an MA with distinction studying with Mateja Marinkovic at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he was a scholarship recipient. Julian is grateful for the support he received from the Leverhulme Trust, the Musicians Benvolent Fund, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Emanuel Hurwitz Award, the Sir Richard Stapley Trust and the Barenboim-Saïd Foundation throughout his studies.

Julian is the leader and manager of the United Strings of Europe (www.unitedstringseurope.com), a young ensemble drawing top players from across Europe, and a founding member of Trio Cardinale (1st Prize, Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition 2013). From 2007-2010, Julian was first violin and founding member of the Halcyon String Quartet (John Thompson Award 2009, Inter-Collegiate Competition Audience Prize at the Greenwich International String Quartet Festival 2009, Barbirolli Prize 2009, 1st Prize and Audience Prize at CAVATINA Chamber Music Competition 2007). The quartet held a two-year residency at Festival Les Musicales (France), and was invited to perform the Mendelssohn Octet with the Allegri Quartet. Julian also regularly gives recitals with his father, concert guitarist Jad Azkoul.

Julian has appeared at the Spitalfields, Dartington, Latitude, Easter at King’s, Aldeburgh, and English Music festivals, and at major venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He performed and appeared on-screen in the first episode of BBC 2 television drama The Hour (August 2011). Other achievements include winning the Cambridge University Concerto Competition (2011), being awarded a Trustee Scholarship to study at Lawrence University (2007-8), the City of Geneva Artist's Prize (2007), winning the Geneva Young Violinist's competition and performing in the Swiss National Finals (2006). He also holds a Certificate in Performance awarded with distinction from the Geneva Conservatory (2007). Julian’s teaching experience includes being a Violin Tutor at the Cambridge School of Arts and Sciences (2009-10) and adjudicating for the Cambridge University Music Society orchestral auditions. In 2012, he was awarded the Royal Academy of Music’s Licentiate Diploma in Instrumental Pedagogy.