Julian Rowlands is a bandoneonist, composer and arranger specialising in tango, classical and contemporary music. He studied bandoneon with the leading Argentinian player Victor Hugo Villena. He frequently performs on BBC Strictly and has also appeared on The One Show, Zingzillas, and ITV’s Surprise Surprise. He made his Radio 3 debut in 2010 accompanying bass-baritone Erwin Schrott in a live broadcast from the Royal Opera House, and his Wigmore Hall debut later that year playing Piazzolla’s Five Tango Sensations with the soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Julian created the score for the Olivier-nominated Midnight Tango together with Ros Stephen and Jonathan Taylor of Tango Siempre, and appeared in its 480 performances in the west end and on tour, described by the Financial Times as “the tango, raw, intoxicating, speaking with its true voice”. His solo performances of his own music in the play Flying into Daylight won the accolade “Tango Nirvana” from the Guardian. In 2015 he appeared in the Royal Opera production of Mahagonny (Weill/Brecht) at Covent Garden.
Julian Rowland’s repertoire includes the major works of Astor Piazzolla: the concertos, quintets, solo arrangements and the opera Maria de Buenos Aires, as well as solo classical pieces, traditional and contemporary tango arrangements and his own compositions.