The Violin

This fine example by Antonio Stradivari, made in Cremona in 1704 is known as the "Ex-Liebig" as it once belonged to an important violin collection owned by Herr Liebig of Vienna during the late 1800's. In the early 1900's, the violin become part of another famous violin collection, The Walter Hamma Collection of Stuttgart. Some years later it passed into the hands of Madame Rauer of Vienna who in 1937 loaned the violin for exhibition at the "Bicentenario Stradivariano" in Cremona.

In 1952, Madame Rause sold the Ex-Liebig through the violin dealer Eugen Tenucci of Zurich to Professor Wolfgang Schneiderhan who for many years was Concert-master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. During his tenancy, Schneiderhan played solo concerts all over Europe and perfomed trios with Enrico Mainardi and Edmin Fischer. He also made several recordings during this period including a landmark interpretation of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in 1962 with Deutsche Grammophon.

At the end of Schneiderhan's distinguished career in 1991, the Ex-Liebig was sold by Ferdinand Kugler of Vienna to the Rogoff family of New York where it remained for a decade. The violin was then passed to the Swiss dealer Claude Lebet who later sold it to the sponsors of Nikolaj Znaider. The violin was then placed in the care of Julian Rachlin, who has performed extensively all over the world on this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Cremonese violin-making.



Unicef – Introduced to Unicef by long-standing friend Sir Roger Moore, Julian has served as a Unicef Ambassador since 2010 and regularly donates his time for Unicef fundraising events.
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World Economic Forum – Given Julian’s consistent dedication to humanitarian causes and emergency relief efforts, he was nominated and accepted as Young Global Leader within the World Economic Forum. In 2010, Julian participated in an event presented by the WEC at Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Global Arts Leadership Initiative to raise awareness of the importance of the arts in today’s society.

FIF – First Initiative Foundation (FIF) is a charitable entity organized for engaging in projects beneficial to the Hong Kong community on a local and international basis, bringing quality of life through the support of education and creativity in arts, design, and music.
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Composed for Julian

Leading contemporary composers have written new works for Julian. They include: Penderecki (Chaconne and Double Concerto), Dubugnon (Piano trio and sonata Violiana), Kancheli (Chiaroscuro). In addition, Julian participated in the world premiere of Penderecki’s Sextet with Rostropovich. 



Educational Outreach

Having studied with both Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and with Pinchas Zukerman, Julian is dedicated to pass on his musical knowledge to the next generation.  Julian has served as a professor at the Vienna Conservatory since 1999 and is expanding his educational outreach internationally.  In the upcoming season, Julian will give master classes at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, among others. Julian takes his teaching work as seriously as his work for Unicef and takes great joy in sharing with his students every possible tool that could help them in their artistic and human development. Despite his busy performing schedule, Julian dedicates as much time as possible to both talented young musicians in need of guidance and children who represent the audience of tomorrow.  His philosophy remains that it is every established musician's responsibility to ensure the continuity and love for classical music. Additional projects are in the making and will be announced soon.



The Artist

Julian Rachlin is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. Over the last 28 years, he has been captivating audiences around the world with his distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations, and has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras. Always willing to expand his musical horizons, he is also praised as viola player and conductor. For 12 years, Julian Rachlin has led 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, he is also receiving recognition as a young philanthropist for his educational outreach and charity work as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Highlights of Julian Rachlin’s 2016/17 season include engagements with the Munich Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, the Israel Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda, a North America tour with the China Philharmonic and Long Yu, and his return to the Edinburgh Festival with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly. As conductor, Julian Rachlin performs his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and makes his conducting debuts with, among others, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, and China Philharmonic. He will also return to the Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Prague Philharmonia, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Additionally, he will tour South America with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra. Julian Rachlin has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic in Finland, a post he will assume in the 2017/18 season.

In 2015/16, he opened the seasons of the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra with Riccardo Chailly, and of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana with Vladimir Ashkenazy. He also toured Europe and North America with the Orchestre National de France and Daniele Gatti as the orchestra’s 2015/16 Artist in Residence. Other notable engagements included 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.

Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian Rachlin 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 studied conducting with Sophie Rachlin. Since September 1999, he has been on the violin faculty at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. 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 and the 1785 Lorenzo Storioni viola, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. His strings are kindly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.

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The Conductor

Since his debut as a conductor in 1998, Julian has collaborated in play/direct performances with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkunstler Symphony Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.  Upcoming debuts include collaborations with the Camerata Salzburg, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Moscow Virtuosi, the RTE National Symphony and the Slovenian Philharmonic.  


The Viola Player

"The Viola works were perfectly judged and beautifully played." - The New York Times. In the late 90s, Julian studied with Pinchas Zukerman who strongly encouraged him to play viola for his musical development. His viola approach began with the early Haydn Quartets and today his repertoire includes all major works written for viola, both solo and in chamber music. Julian's passion for the viola resulted in Krzysztof Penderecki writing a double concerto for him, which will be premiered at the Vienna Musikverein in 2012.