Julian Rachlin is one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. For the last 24 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, most recently, as a 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.
Recent and upcoming highlights include engagements with the Boston Symphony and Alan Gilbert, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta and Gianandrea Noseda, the London Philharmonic and Andrey Boreyko, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, as well as the Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel. As both soloist and conductor, Julian Rachlin is appearing with, among others, the Czech Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. Julian Rachlin performed recently an historical Concert for Peace in Kashmir with the Bavarian State Orchestra and Zubin Mehta. Another collaboration with this orchestra and Kirill Petrenko will take place later this season.
In 2012, Julian performed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto Doppio at the Vienna Musikverein with Janine Jansen and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons. This concerto was commissioned by the Musikverein and is dedicated to Julian. In honor of Krzysztof Penderecki’s 80th birthday, Julian Rachlin is performing a series of concerts in Warsaw, as well as the Asian Premiere of the Concerto Doppio at the Beijing Music Festival with the China National Symphony under the baton of the composer.
Julian Rachlin’s recordings for Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon have all been met with great acclaim.
Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied with the eminent pedagogue Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and took private lessons with Pinchas Zukerman. He gained international acclaim overnight in 1988 by winning the "Young Musician of the Year" Award at the Eurovision Competition in Amsterdam. He then became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut under Riccardo Muti.
Since September 1999, Julian Rachlin has been on the faculty at the Konservatorium Wien University.
Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 "ex Liebig" Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. He also plays the 1757 Viola by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini on loan to him, courtesy of the del Gesù Foundation, Liechtenstein.
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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.