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Visiting Artist - Strings - Violin

Julian Rachlin

Violin

Julian Rachlin is one of the most charismatic and exciting violinists of his generation. He has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and is praised for his powerful and refreshing interpretations. He continually brings audiences to their feet in top concert halls throughout the world where his performances result in immediate re-invitations. In recognition of his immense talent, 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, the London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra Philharmonica della Scala, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra London, San Francisco Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and NHK Symphony. Among the top class conductors, Julian has performed under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Roger Norrington, Krysztof Penderecki, 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 Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, Vienna Symphony tour to Spain, Seattle Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Concertgebouw Orchestra with Marris Jansons. With his regular recital partner, Itamar Golan, Julian will also give recitals all over the world including performances of the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle in Vienna at the Musikverein.

In 2000 he began to perform on the viola and now regularly includes the viola repertoire in his performances. He is a fervent chamber musician and performs regularly with his duo partner, pianist Itamar Golan, with whom he has given recitals in most of the world’s major concert halls. He frequently takes part in many European festivals including Salzburg, Verbier, Schleswig Holstein, the BBC Proms and Lucerne. For the last eight years, Julian has established his own chamber music festival in Dubrovnik. The Festival is rapidly gaining international renown and his “Friends” have included Leif Ove Andsnes, Janine Jansen, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Martin Fröst, Sir Roger Moore, John Malkovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Daniele Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Read more at www.rachlinandfriends.com

Rachlin’s recordings on Warner Classics include the Brahms Concerto and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 with the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mariss Jansons and a recital disc (Shostakovich and Beethoven) on violin and viola with Itamar Golan – “totally mesmerised by the sheer brilliance of his playing throughout these two discs” BBC Music Magazine September 2005. His early recordings on the Sony Classical label include the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Sérénade with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Maazel, the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 3 and Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Mehta, as well as the Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky Concerto with Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra with Vladimir Fedoseyev. In spring 2007 Deutsche Grammophon released the String Trio version of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which he recorded with Mischa Maisky and Nobuko Imai. Julian began a new collaboration with ONYX Classics and first released, in November 2007, a CD of Shostakovich Chamber Music with Mischa Maisky, Janine Jansen, Yuri Bashmet and Itamar Golan recorded live at the Musikverein in Vienna. Later this year Julian’s recording of the Vivaldi Four 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, with his musician parents in 1978. He studied 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 held at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This success led to Lorin Maazel's invitation to debut at the Berlin Festival with the Orchestre National de France and to tour Europe and Japan with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He then became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut under Riccardo Muti.

Since September 1999 he has been on the faculty at the Vienna Conservatory. Julian Rachlin plays the 1741 "ex Carrodus" Guarnerius del Gesù violin, on loan to him courtesy of theAustrian National Bank.

Please visit Julian Rachlin on the Internet: http://www.julianrachlin.com

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