"It was such a pleasure to hear your quartet in person and get to fully experience the piece. The colors of the work really came to life, and your use of the saxophone quartet brought out the sophisticated quality of the instrument that is so often neglected today."
- Andrew Steinberg, director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra on Lilac Lights (as performed by The MANA Quartet).
Julian Ward (b.1994) is a native of Greenville, North Carolina and is the recent accepter of a 2020 performance of Distances In Between for the NYCEMF. He is also the winner of the fourth-place prize of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra 2019 call for scores for his piece, Lilac Lights (2018). Julian graduated in 2019 from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a Master of Music degree in composition. In 2017, he graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors of Music in flute performance and music composition. Julian writes music for a large variety of ensembles. He has had his music read and or performed by ensembles such as the Beo Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, Michael Lowenstern, Loadbang, Yarn/Wire, the Greensboro Symphony, Sharon Harms, the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, and others. Julian likes to use many different methods and mixed instrumentation in his works and also draws from various sources and styles to inform his compositional process. Emphasis of timbral character and strong contrasts are elemental to Julian's compositions.
Julian likes to challenge himself with each composition he makes, striving to use contrasts and interesting orchestrations to create musical form. Be sure to check out Peter the Great and Julian's other pieces! Score previews and recordings can be found in the subpages. Please contact him below, if you would like to get the full scores to play the music!