Julian developed his composing style at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied composition with Richard Marlow, blues, klezmer, Middle Eastern music and cross-cultural perception of emotion in music. He has continued his studies with James Weeks, from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

His mini opera The Lingerer was a soundtrack finalist in English National Opera's mini opera competition, and his song cycle Sommerlied und Winterleid has been recorded by Thomas Guthrie

Julian particularly enjoys writing music with a vocal element, and combines his experience of singing classical and jazz music and playing oboe, violin and piano with contemporary, traditional, urban, jazz, eastern and western musical influences to create unique sound worlds.

He is currently working on Dreaming, a song cycle for soprano and piano, and My Second Lifea virtual reality mini-opera set in the eponymous computer game.