Born in Manchester, England, Julian Evans studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with John Wilson and the late Polish pianist Ryszard Bakst. He later worked with Maria Curcio in London and Aline Gualino in Germany. In 1984 he became the youngest-ever winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition, which launched his international career, comprising of over 100 concerts a year. Following his London debut at the Wigmore Hall, Malcolm Hayes of the London Times reported: "let us welcome a remarkable and intensely musical talent." He pursues an extensive career on the continent and has already appeared as soloist in many of the major European centers including: Nice Opera, Cannes Festival, Paris, Munich, Hannover, Dresden Frauenkirche, Berlin and Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus am Gendarnmarkt, Beethoven Haus Bonn, Ludwigsburg Festival, Kongresshalle Lucerne, Riga Philharmonie, London’s Wigmore and, Queen Elizabeth Halls, Purcell Room, St. John's Smith Square, Usher Hall Edinburgh, Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, Bridgewater and Freetrade Halls Manchester. After his Alte Oper, Frankfurt Debut as part of the Simon Rattle Beethoven Symphony Series his rendering of the Liszt solo transcription of the Beethoven Eroica Symphony was hailed in the Frankfurter Rundschau as:“Phenomenal pianistic stamina, terse and succinct tempi, meticulous articulation and supreme execution that even Franz Liszt himself would have probably admired."
He has become a prolific recording artist, and has recorded extensively for Hyperion records, La Vergne Classics and most recently for Organum Classics and Organo Phon featuring many solo works and concertos of Rachmaninov, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. His debut Liszt recording for Organum Classics drew sensational reviews and in the German CD magazine FONO FORUM the following was reported: “Staggering manual facility – taste and solidity of style, but above all he has powerfully reinforced that which he promised some years back – namely that he belongs to the very top echelons of the greatest pianists.”