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.
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.