© Ashley Klassen
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 engagements include appearances with the Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the London Philharmonic and Andrey Boreyko, as well as the Bavarian State Orchestra with Zubin Mehta and Kirill Petrenko. As conductor, he led, among others, the Czech Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. As part of his residency at the Vienna Musikverein in 2014/15, Julian Rachlin is opening the season with the Munich Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov, conducting the English Chamber Orchestra and playing in trio with Mischa Maisky and Daniil Trifonov. He is also touring Europe with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, and is performing in China with the China Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony and the Guangzhou Symphony under Long Yu. Further highlights include concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Asher Fisch, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy as well as the Orchestre National de France and Daniele Gatti.
As conductor, Julian Rachlin is appearing this season with orchestras including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the Moscow Virtuosi, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Julian Rachlin has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, a post he will assume in the 2015/16 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.
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 violin 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. At the recommendation of Maestro 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.
Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 "ex Liebig" Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung.