Violinist and director Julian Azkoul is in demand as an ensemble leader and soloist, appearing as guest director of Camerata Nordica in Sweden, guest leader of Camerata Venia in Switzerland and guest first violinist of the Jubilee and Piatti quartets. He has co-led UK orchestras such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, toured with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, appeared as a principal player with Britten Sinfonia and Manchester Collective, and also featured as a soloist with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Nordica and several other chamber orchestras. He regularly performs at major international festivals and venues with the London Symphony Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Les Siècles and the United Strings of Europe. He is the co-leader of Camerata Alma Viva and first violinist of the Aurea String Quartet. As artistic director of the United Strings of Europe, he directs from the violin, curates programmes and projects, and arranges music for the ensemble. A number of his arrangements and transcriptions feature on USE’s first two albums, In Motion (BIS-2529) and Renewal (BIS-2549), and his transcription of Gareth Farr’s Mondo Rondo has been published by Promethean Editions. He also has a keen interest in Middle Eastern music.