Shortlisted for a 2021 Gramophone Award, Julian Perkins is artistic director of Cambridge Handel Opera and founder director of Sounds Baroque. He performs regularly at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, featured as soloist in concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium and Orchestra of The Sixteen, and has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and Sydney Opera House. He has broken new ground at over a dozen international festivals by giving concerts on the clavichord, and has performed numerous duo recitals for organizations such as the Mozart Society of America and the Oxford Lieder Festival. His playing and conducting have been praised for their ‘demonic intensity’ (BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month), ‘fluid and natural pacing’ (Gramophone Editor’s Choice) and ‘verve and suavity’ (Classical Music). With Sounds Baroque, Julian Perkins has directed performances with artists including Simon Callow, Dame Emma Kirkby and Mark Padmore. He has directed the Academy of Ancient Music, directs annual baroque projects with the Southbank Sinfonia and has conducted opera productions for the Buxton International Festival, Cambridge Handel Opera, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Kings Place, Netherlands Opera Academy, New Chamber Opera, New Kent Opera and Snape Maltings, in addition to many concert performances.