Julian Chou-Lambert is an award-winning baritone and composer based in London. A versatile artist, his range of repertoire and experience in both performance and composition includes opera, oratorio, art song, contemporary, early music, jazz, film and electronic styles.
Opera roles include Papageno Die Zauberflöte for Berlin Opernfest, the dual roles of King Hildebrand & Mr. North Wind in Dove's The Enchanted Pig for Hampstead Garden Opera, Papageno Die Zauberflöte for Opera at Bearwood, Nardo La Finta Giardiniera for Hand Made Opera, Marco Gianni Schicchi for Cambridge Summer Music Festival, and Maxentius Sursum Corda by Benjamin Cox for Cambridge University Opera Society. Passionate about new music, he has created the roles of Sweeper of Dreams in his own work The Lingerer for the ENO mini-opera competition finals, Abel in new opera Cain & Abel by Piers Connor Kennedy for Opera Xylem, and The Three Bears Peace at Last by Joanna Lee in workshops for Opera Up Close. He has also played Figaro Barber, Malatesta Don Pasquale, Harlekin Ariadne, Steward Flight, Ipparco L'Egisto and Il Conte Figaro, for RAM opera scenes in London and Italy, has sung in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Felicity Lott, and is currently a member of the chorus for Opera Holland Park.
Concert highlights include Bach St. John Passion at Ely Cathedral, Haydn Nelson Mass and Beethoven Mass in C with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, Orff Carmina Burana and Haydn The Seasons at Dartington Hall, Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir, Purcell Come Ye Sons of Art, Bach Magnificat & Charpentier Te Deum with Charivari Agréable, Bach B Minor Mass at the Sheldonian, Oxford, and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs and Liszt Die Seligkeiten with Trinity Choir and Stephen Layton.
Art song is a key part of Julian’s musical life as a performer and composer. He recently collaborated with CHROMA Ensemble for new song workshops, sang for a masterclass with Phillip Moll in Berlin, and recorded Euchar Gravina's Maltese song-cycle for baritone and trombone Iż-żmien hekk jagħmel (The footprint of time). He has given recitals including Schumann Liederkreis Op. 24, Dichterliebe, Finzi Let us Garlands Bring and Debussy Romances at the Royal Academy of Music, Schumann Liederkreis Op. 38 and Fauré Mirages for Trinity College Music Society, and his own song cycle Sommerlied und Winterleid for Pembroke College Music Society.
Jazz singing engagements began when Julian sang with the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra for two years, winning a gold medal at the National Big Band competition. At Cambridge, he founded and directed the Jules Chou-Lambert Quartet, featuring top young jazz musicians including Tom Millar, Liam Dunachie and Misha Mullov-Abbado. He continued his training with Nia Lynn at the Royal Academy of Music, where he sang regularly with the Royal Academy big band. He has recorded vocals for Felt Music studio in London, won acclaim for performances in Back to Basie and Songs from the Silver Screen with Keith Nichols and the RAM big band and Powerhouse! at the Grove Park Music Festival, and premiered new songs in Protest! for the Art of Chaos Festival at Shoreditch Town Hall.
Composition highlights include Julian’s selection as a finalist by Nico Muhly for the English National Opera mini-opera competition for The Lingerer, a mini-opera for Baritone, Soprano and string trio, and the recording of his song cycle Sommerlied und Winterleid by renowned baritone Thomas Guthrie. Julian has studied composition with Richard Marlow and James Weeks, and uses his experience of singing, playing oboe, violin and piano and studying music psychology in his compositions. He won second prize at the Deutsche Bank Awards for Music, and is founder of film music company Music Makes Movies. Film score credits include feature film Bonobo starring James Norton, which premiered at Raindance Film Festival, the BBC documentary Art of the Night with renowned art expert Waldemar Januszczak, Avant Garde Youth, a contemporary dance commission for Sky TV, and Isis: Egyptian Goddess by Sophie Siem, which received an honourable mention at the London X4 - Seasonal Short Film Festival.
Julian’s musical life began as a chorister in the renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. He returned to Cambridge as a choral scholar and senior scholar at Trinity College, graduating with a first class degree in Music and a MusB in vocal performance and music psychology. He continued his training at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland, where he completed a Masters with Distinction in vocal performance, with support from the Kathleen, Aspinwall and Josephine Baker Trusts. He went on to win second prize in the Deutsche Bank Awards for Music, and an Elizabeth Luxton Memorial Scholarship to train at the Berlin Opera Academy.