Winner of the 2017 Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, awarded a 2016 Kiwi Music Scholarship, a 2016 Countess of Munster Award, winner of the 2016 Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition, the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Prize and winner of the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Arts Award, British / New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts studied at Royal College of Music, graduating in summer 2017. On graduation, he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal.
Current engagements include Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Julius Drake (Juan March Foundation, Madrid); Schaunard/La bohème (New Zealand Opera); The Referee/Mozart vs Machine (Mahogany Opera Group); title role/Stanford’s The Travelling Companion (New Sussex Opera); title role/Eugene Onegin (Cambridge Philharmonic Society); Mr Fezziwig/Will Todd’s A Christmas Carol (Opera Holland Park); Elizabeth (Royal Ballet); Fauré's Requiem (English Festival Orchestra); and recitals for Leeds Lieder and the Lied Festival Vicoria de los Ángeles (LIFE Victoria). During 2019 he will sing Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on tour with the Israel Camerata and tour with James Baillieu for Chamber Music New Zealand. He makes his Wigmore Hall recital debut in 2020.