Julian Leaper

Julian Leaper Violin

Violinist / Leader of the Maggini Quartet


In 1978 Julian won a Junior Exhibition Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied violin with Emanuel Hurwitz and piano as joint first study with Hamish Milne.

He was awarded several prizes for solo performance and chamber music, including the prestigious Gerard Heller award, for which he won first prize for Quartet playing.

In 1982 he continued his studies with Alberto Lysy at the Yehudi Menuhin Academy Gstaad and Tomatada Soh and Kenneth Sillitoe in London.


He made his London debut performing a programme of British music at the Purcell Room.

He has since performed as leader and soloist with many British orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, and the New London Orchestra. He has worked regularly with all the major Chamber Orchestras and ensembles including the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, English Chamber Orchestra , Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Mozart Players and the Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square. He has worked with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras.


Julian was the leader of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra for thirteen years and has led a number of “West End” shows including “Showboat “ at the Prince Edward Theatre, “The King and I” and “Sinatra” at the London Palladium, and currently “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria.


His solo and concerto performances include the complete Brandenburg concertos at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Purcell Room, Mozart D major violin concerto at St Johns Smith Square, Beethoven Triple concerto and Vaughn Williams Lark Ascending together with a number of other solo performances at venues across the UK.


Julian performed the solo violin suite from the film “Ladies in Lavender “

to Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle to celebrate her 90th Birthday.


He has recorded a large number of sound tracks for Film and TV including “Harry Potter” , “Lord of the Rings”, “James Bond” and recorded the solo violin tracks for Ridley Scott’s “Tristan and Isolde”.

TV productions include “Upstairs Downstairs”, “Cranford”, “Downton Abbey” and “The Crown”.


In 2014 he was appointed leader of the internationally acclaimed Maggini String Quartet.


Julian plays on a Gagliano violin Naples 1735



'My lessons with Julian have, quite simply, been marvellous.  He constantly improves my technique – with thorough attention to personal detail, yet always with great patience and kindness too.  Just as importantly, he teaches me to use that technique to develop and express musical understanding and imagination.  It is great fun and incredibly instructive to be tutored in playing the same passage in all sorts of different ways and characters.  And it is an inspiration, to be able to share in and absorb some of Julian’s vast professional experience and deep knowledge of the repertoire.  Within even a few months, I felt I was playing with greater comfort, ease, control and confidence.  Now, I revisit old pieces and think “was that really me who just played like that!?”.  All thanks to Julian.' - Michael

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