INSTRUMENTALISTS - VIOLIN, VIOLA
PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR, ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA, SAGE GATESHEAD (SEPT. 2015)
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. 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 educational outreach and charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Highlights of Mr. Rachlin’s 2016/17 season include engagements with the Munich Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, and the Israel Philharmonic with Gianandrea Noseda. He will appear at the London Proms with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly and will tour North America with the China Philharmonic and Long Yu.
In the 2015/16 season, Mr. Rachlin 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.
As conductor, Mr. Rachlin performs his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and will make his conducting debuts with, among others, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, and China Philharmonic. He will return to the Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Prague Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and will tour Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Rachlin has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic in Finland, a post he will assume in the 2017/18 season.
Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied violin with the eminent pedagogue Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and took private lessons 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 Philhar-monic, 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 violin 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.