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Julien Hervé

Principal and Solo Clarinet at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra


"Stability, precision, and projection are the three qualities I value most in Reserve Classic Bb reeds. I play these reeds weekly in the orchestra."



Highly expressive, vulnerable opening clarinet melody played by Julien Hervé" -The New York Times Having originally planned to take a physics degree, Julien Hervé decided at the age of 21 to devote himself to music instead and worked with Pascal Moraguès at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM), Paris. An eclectic musician, he performs all kinds of music, and has created a patchwork musical life for himself, centered around the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, for whom he has been principal clarinet since 2008, playing under the greatest conductors in the world's finest concert halls.

As a soloist, Julien has appeared with Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Prague Philharmonia, Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisiana Chamber Orchestra, Les Dissonances, Les Siècles, La Symphonie des Lumières, Orchestre régional de Cannes, Orchestre de Chambre de France, Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid, and the Orchestre de Picardie. In 2018 he has performed as soloist with Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin for the 100th anniversary of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, live broadcast by Medici tv.

As an in-demand chamber musician, he has performs\ in numerous prestigious festivals and his recordings have been received internal renown. He is a member of Het Collectief and Calliopée Ensemble, artistic director and founder of the Rotterdam Chamber Music Society and of Festival International de Musique de Chambre de Thèze. Hervé is on faculty at Codarts, University of Performing Arts in Rotterdam and is a Buffet Crampon Artist.




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