Julian Rachlin is one of the most esteemed violinists of our time. Over the last 28 years, he 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 a viola player and conductor. For 12 years, he has been leading the internationally renowned Julian Rachlin Friends festival in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He is also recognized for his charity work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
In the 2015-16 season, 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 Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, and at the Edinburgh Festival with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt.
As conductor, Mr. Rachlin performs his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and is making 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, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and will tour Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra. He has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic in Finland, a post he will assume in the 2017-18 season.
Born in Lithuania in 1974, he immigrated to Vienna in 1978, where he studied with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory. He also took private lessons 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, he has studied conducting with Sophie Rachlin. Since 1999, he has been on the faculty of the Vienna Conservatory. His recordings have all been met with great acclaim.
Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 "ex Liebig" Stradivari and a 1785 Lorenzo Storioni viola, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. His strings are kindly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.