Julian Kuo has been performing professionally since the age of 11 when he was cast in an Opera Australia production. He continued to perform with OA until 2005, appearing in various operas and sang the roles of Peaseblossom in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and the principal role of First Boy in ‘The Magic Flute’, directed by Stuart Maunder.
Julian graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2011. While studying, he appeared in ’50 Years of Motown’ and ‘A Day In The Life’ for the Contemporary Department. Under the Music Theatre Department, Julian featured in ‘Dusty: The Original Pop Diva’, directed by Jennifer Murphy, and played the role of Daniel in ‘Lovebites’ under the direction of Neil Gooding as a part of ‘Yarn’.
He has appeared, since 2005, with the Whale Jazz Quartet and subsequently as the Julian Kuo Quintet, at Woodfire Cabaret in Double Bay, the El Rocco Room at Bar Me in Kings Cross and Cleopatra’s Needle in New York City. The Julian Kuo Quintet performed regularly at Slide Nightclub in Oxford Street, Darlinghurst until mid 2011 and now are regulars at a variety of venues across Sydney City including The Macquaire Hotel, Victoria Room and The Russian Coachman.
Over the past few years, Julian performed his solo show ‘Interpretations: The Music of Cole Porter’ at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne, starred in and produced Melvyn Morrow’s one man show, ‘Broadway Bard’ as part of Sydney Fringe and subsequently, at Teatro Vivaldi in Canberra and as part of ‘Cabaret in the Day’ for Mosman Art Gallery, 2013 and was a Featured artist in ‘Hats Off 2012’ as part of ‘Showtrain’, ‘Hats Off 2013’ as a member of the ‘Callback Kidz’ and in ‘Hats Off 2014’ for Flip Simmons.
In 2014, Julian produced Exclaim Theatre Company’s inaugural show, ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ and starred in their sophomore presentation, the Australian Premiere of ‘Glory Days’ by Nick Blaemire and James Gardiner. In 2015, Julian is once again producing for the company, and currently working on their first production of the year, ‘HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.’
Julian currently teaches privately, and for Village Performing Arts Centre.
Opera Australia Credits
Children’s Chorus “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci”
Peaseblossom in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Children’s Chorus “Orpheus and the Underworld”
Juvenile Principal Role of First Boy in “The Magic Flute”
Children’s Chorus “Tosca”
Children’s Chorus “Der Rosenkavalier”
Solo performer ‘Pinnies from Heaven’,
Featured vocalist at Sydney Children’s Hospital Gold Dinner
Appeared on Channel 7’s ‘All Saints’
Advertising campaigns for Foxtel’s Nickelodeon Channel
First Place 12 & Under Vocal Solo and Second Place Song & Dance Solo, Showcase Regional Performing Arts Championship
First Place 14 & Under Vocal Solo and Third Place Song & Dance Solo, Showcase Regional Performing Arts Championship.
2002 – 2006
Performed at all Brent Street Solo Singing Nights and End of Year Concerts – vocal soloist 2003, 2005 and 2006
MTV Awards with Newington College Choir, backing vocalists for ‘End of Fashion’
Recorded with Newington College Choir for soundtrack to ‘Romulus, My Father’, starring Eric Bana, released in 2008
Musical Theatre performer with Brent Street Kids, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
2006 – 2007
Member of Dance Troupe – Urban Dance Project – various performances including Groove Finals at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, 2007 and 1st place at Sourcedance Hollywood Dance Competition, 2008 choreographed by Juliette Verne.
Cleopatra’s Needle, New York City
Australian Institute of Music performances:
Bushfire Fundraiser, The Basement, Sydney
Soloist in ’50 Years of Motown Showcase’ and ‘Dusty: The Original Pop Diva’
Male lead in ‘A Day in the Life’, AIM Beatles Showcase
Ensemble Member in ‘The Silver Donkey’ and ‘Someone’s Son’ and the role of ‘Daniel’ in ‘LoveBites’ as part of the 2010 Australian Institute of Music’s Musical production, ‘YARN’, directed by Neil Gooding. Finalist in the Australian Cabaret Showcase, produced by Your Management International.
The role of ‘Asher’ in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ for Packemin Productions, directed by Neil Gooding. The role of ‘Marty’ in ‘Showtrain’ by Andrew Worboys for New Musicals Australia. Took his one man show, ‘Interpretations’ to Melbourne’s The Butterfly Club. Starred in ‘Broadway Bard’ by Melvyn Morrow and as ‘Nick’ in ‘Shakers Re-Stirred’ for the Sydney Fringe Festival. ‘Broadway Bard’ encore season at Teatro Vivaldi, Canberra.
Featured artist in ‘Hats Off 2012’ Singing ‘Showtrain’ from the show of the same name by Andrew Worboys.
Pit Singer and recording artist for CaSPA 2012 Archdiocese Concert ‘We All Have A Story’, Directed by Jennifer Murphy with Musical Direction from James Long.
Performed at Hats Off: To the Classics with Flip Simmons
Starred as Skip in ‘Glory Days’ for Exclaim Theatre Company
Julian Kuo Quintet
Julian Kuo, Nic Campbell, Timothy Lockwood, Christopher Beecher, Dom Cabrera, Callum Eggins and Lukas Maio
Double Bay Woodfire Cabaret Restaurant (Julian Kuo & the Whale Bros Quartet)
Recorded at Rancom Street Studios, Sydney
2006 – 2007
Monthly Residency at El Rocco Room, Bar Me
2008 – 2010
Regular performances at Slide Nightclub, Sydney
Private functions including weddings, Rex Irwin Gallery functions and parties
Fortnightly performances at C’s Café, Newtown
Fund Raiser for short film ‘Loose Oranges’ at Pact Theatre, Newtown
Recorded at Rancom Street Studios, Sydney
Wilson Street Gallery Launch
‘Nightclub Spectacular’ Kincoppal-Rose Bay Alumni Fundraiser
Sydney University Engineering Ball
‘Raise the Roof’, Doltone House, Pyrmont
Tabitha Building Program (Cambodia), sponsored by Better Read than Dead at Slide Nightclub
‘Food for the Future’ Fair, Chippendale
Various private functions since 2006
Regular performances at Slide Nightlcub, Sydney as well as numerous private functions including the 10 Year Anniversary of 10 Group at the Art Gallery of NSW.
‘Interpretations – The Music of Cole Porter’ at Slide Nightclub, Sydney. Various private functions and parties.
Victoria Room – Performance Carnivale, Russian Coachmen Restaurant and Various Prvate Functions including the Kincoppal Rose Bay 130 Anniversary Picnic.
Hats off 2013: Hats off to the Classics,