Julian Rachlin is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. Over the last 27 years, he has been captivating audiences around the world with his distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations. He has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras. Always willing to expand his musical horizons, Julian is also praised as a viola player and conductor. For 12 years, Julian has been leading the internationally renowned “Julian Rachlin & Friends” festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a platform for creative and vibrant projects with leading musicians and actors. Besides delighting his audiences with his musical performances, Julian is also receiving recognition as a young philanthropist for his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and his educational outreach.
In the 2015/16 season, Julian opened the seasons of the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra with Riccardo Chailly, and of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana with Vladimir Ashkenazy. He then toured Europe and North America with the Orchestre National de France and Daniele Gatti as the orchestra’s 2015/16 Artist in Residence. Other highlights include performances at the Lucerne Festival with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, and at the Edinburgh Festival with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt. Forthcoming engagements include concerts with the Israel Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda, the Munich Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov as well as North America tour with the China Philharmonic and Long Yu.
As conductor, Julian Rachlin performs his first season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and conducts, among others, the Dusseldorf Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonia. Julian’s return engagements as conductor include collaborations with the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Camerata Salzburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Slovenian Philharmonic. In the coming season, he will make his conducting debut with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic and China Philharmonic.
In recital and chamber music, he is heard this season with Itamar Golan, Evgeny Kissin and Mischa Maisky.
Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory, and with Pinchas Zukerman. After winning the “Young Musician of the Year” Award at the Eurovision Competition in 1988, he became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut under Riccardo Muti. At the recommendation of Mariss Jansons, Julian Rachlin has been studying conducting with Sophie Rachlin. Since September 1999, he has been on the violin faculty at the Konservatorium Wien University. His recordings for Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon have all been met with great acclaim.
Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 “ex Liebig” Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung, and a 1791 Lorenzo Storioni viola. His strings are kindly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.
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