Julian Rachlin


"Julian Rachlin's opening notes, super-fine and platinum-tipped.
It was refreshing to hear such understated virtuosity, and such
a sense of playful fancy from Rachlin"
Hilary Finch, The Times

"Mr. Rachlin has a brilliant high-actane technique. His Playing came
with signs of the Romantic virtuoso with thrilling passage work and
artfully applied tonal coloration. It spoke with simplicity and
Jeremy Eichler, New York Times

Julian Rachlinis one of the most charismatic and exciting violinists of his generation. Hehas performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and ispraised for his powerful and refreshing interpretations. He continually bringsaudiences to their feet in top concert halls throughout the world where hisperformances result in immediate re-invitations. In recognition of his immensetalent, he received one of the most prestigious awards for classical musicians,the coveted "Accademia Musicale Chigiana" International Prize.

He has performed with, and regularly returns to, Vienna Philharmonic, theLondon Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los AngelesPhilharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Leipzig,Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra Philharmonica della Scala, Orchestre de Paris,Philharmonia Orchestra London, San Francisco Symphony, St. PetersburgPhilharmonic and NHK Symphony. Among the top class conductors, Julian hasperformed under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Myung-Whun Chung,Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, SirNeville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Roger Norrington, KrysztofPenderecki, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Michael Tilson Thomas,Esa-Pekka Salonen, Riccardo Muti and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Highlights of his 2008-09 season include Dresden Staatskapelle with YannickNezet-Seguin, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel,Vienna Symphony tour to Spain, Seattle Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic andConcertgebouw Orchestra with Marris Jansons. With his regular recital partner,Itamar Golan, Julian will also give recitals all over the world including performancesof the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle in Vienna at the Musikverein.

In 2000 he began to perform on the viola and now regularly includes the violarepertoire in his performances. He is a fervent chamber musician and performsregularly with his duo partner, pianist Itamar Golan, with whom he has givenrecitals in most of the world’s major concert halls. He frequently takes partin many European festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, Schleswig Holstein, theBBC Proms and Lucerne. For the last eight years, Julian has established his ownchamber music festival in Dubrovnik. The Festival is rapidly gaininginternational renown and his “Friends” have included Leif Ove Andsnes, JanineJansen, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Martin Fröst, Sir Roger Moore, JohnMalkovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Daniele Gatti and the Royal PhilharmonicOrchestra. Read more at 

Rachlin’s recordings on Warner Classics include the Brahms Concerto andMozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 with the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mariss Jansonsand a recital disc (Shostakovich and Beethoven) on violin and viola with ItamarGolan – “totally mesmerised by the sheerbrilliance of his playing throughout these two discs” BBC Music MagazineSeptember 2005. His early recordings on the Sony Classical label include theSibelius Violin Concerto and Sérénade with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra underMaazel, the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 3 and Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 withIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra under Mehta, as well as the Prokofiev ConcertoNo. 1 and Tchaikovsky Concerto with Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra withVladimir Fedoseyev. In spring 2007 Deutsche Grammophon released the String Trioversion of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which he recorded with MischaMaisky and Nobuko Imai. Julian began a new collaboration with ONYX Classics andfirst released, in November 2007, a CD of Shostakovich Chamber Music withMischa Maisky, Janine Jansen, Yuri Bashmet and Itamar Golan recorded live atthe Musikverein in Vienna. Later this year Julian’s recording of the VivaldiFour Seasons and Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk will be released.

Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian immigrated to Austria, his adopted home, withhis musician parents in 1978. He studied with the eminent pedagogue BorisKuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and took private lessons with PinchasZukerman. He gained international acclaim overnight in 1988 by winning the"Young Musician of the Year" Award at the Eurovision Competition heldat the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This success led to Lorin Maazel'sinvitation to debut at the Berlin Festival with the Orchestre National deFrance and to tour Europe and Japan with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Hethen became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic,making his debut under Riccardo Muti.

Since September1999 he has been on the faculty at the Vienna Conservatory. Julian Rachlinplays the 1741 "ex Carrodus" Guarnerius del Gesù violin, on loan tohim courtesy of the Austrian National Bank

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