Born in 1980, Julien Hervé briefly studied physics before devoting himself to music at the Conservatoire de Paris, in Pascal Moraguès' clarinet class.
Passionate about chamber music, he founded the Ensemble Capriccioso while still pursuing his studies, a group that has taken home several international prizes. His first recording was devoted to the music of Nicolas Bacri and was nominated for the French Grammies (Victoires de la Musique) in 2007.
In 2008, he was appointed principal clarinet for the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, at that time conducted by Valery Gergiev, and later by Yannick Nézet Séguin.
From 2006 to 2013, he was solo clarinetist for the Les Siècles orchestra, satisfying his curiosity about historical instruments. He left Les Siècles in 2013 to join the Het Collectief Chamber Music Quintet, of which he became a permanent member, and with which he explored music from Schoenberg to the current day.
He is also a member of the Ensemble Calliopée with which he recorded several albums. In 2011, he recorded his first internationally acclaimed album Waiting for Benny for the Naxos label.
An eclectic musician, Julien appeared on the album Dedicated To You by Dutch jazz singer Kim Hoorweg and was invited by Paulinho da Viola to perform at her Brazil Sinfonico concerts in the Netherlands.
As a soloist, Julien Hervé has played with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, Prag Philharmonia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lodz, the Louisiana Chamber Orchestra, Les Dissonances, Les Siècles, La Symphonie des Lumières, the Orchestre régional de Cannes-Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and the Madrid Banda Sinfónica Municipal.
Julien Hervé plays on Buffet Crampon clarinets, with mouthpieces and reeds by D'Addario, a company with which he has closely collaborated on the development of their “Réserve” line.
Julien has been invited all over the world to give master classes and since 2015, he is clarinet teacher at the Rotterdam University of Performing Arts (Codarts).