INSTRUMENTALISTS - VIOLIN, VIOLA
PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR, ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA, SAGE GATESHEAD (SEPT. 2015)
For the last 25 years, Julian Rachlin has been captivating audiences with his superb musicianship and interpretations as one of the world’s leading violinists and violists, with close ties to the most prestigious orchestras and conductors.
Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied with the eminent pedagogue Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory, and 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.
Julian Rachlin has been recognized as a young philanthropist for his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and for his educational outreach. Since September 1999, he has been on the faculty at the Konservatorium Wien University.
As part of his 2014/15 residency in Vienna’s Musikverein, Julian Rachlin opened the season with the Munich Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov to great acclaim, and will go on to conduct the English Chamber Orchestra and appear in trio with Mischa Maisky and Daniil Trifonov. This same season, he tours Europe with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, and performs with each the China Philharmonic, Shanghai and Guangzhou symphonies under the baton of Long Yu. Further highlights include concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Asher Fisch, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, and the Orchestre National de France with Daniele Gatti.
This season, Mr. Rachlin conducts the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and Dublin’s RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. These concerts follow recent Czech Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra conducting debuts.
Sophie Rachlin is accredited as a most influential mentor in Mr. Rachlin’s emerging conducting career, and he has an anchor of support from conductors Daniele Gatti, Mariss Jansons and Zubin Mehta, amongst others.
Other recent engagements as soloist include those with the Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel, London Philharmonic and Andrey Boreyko, Teatro Reggio di Torino and Gianandrea Noseda, Bavarian State Orchestra with each Zubin Mehta and Kirill Petrenko, Boston Symphony and Alan Gilbert, and Toronto Symphony with Juanjo Mena.
In 2012, the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Double Concerto was performed by Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen at the Musikverein, along with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mariss Jansons. Commissioned by the Musikverein, Mo. Penderecki dedicated the Concerto Doppio to Mr. Rachlin.
His discography can be found with Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon.
Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 "ex Liebig" Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung.