Julian Rachlin (born 8 December 1974) is a Lithuanian-born violinist, violist and conductor.

Julian Rachlin
Julian Rachlin, concert in Tel Aviv, December 2011
Julian Rachlin, concert in Tel Aviv, December 2011
Background information
Born (1974-12-08) 8 December 1974 (age 48)
Vilnius, Lithuania
Occupation(s)Performer, conductor
Years active1988–present

Biography edit

Born in Vilnius to a Jewish family, he emigrated in 1978 with his musician parents to Austria.[1] In 1983, he entered the Konservatorium Wien and studied violin in the Soviet tradition with Boris Kuschnir, while also receiving private lessons from Pinchas Zukerman. His career as a child prodigy began with his first public concert in 1984.

In 1988, he took the title of Eurovision Young Musician of the Year, which led to his being invited to appear at the Berlin Festival with Lorin Maazel and to his becoming the youngest soloist to ever play with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Riccardo Muti.

In 2000, he joined Rostropovich and Yuri Bashmet, among others, in the premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's Sextet. The same year, Rachlin also founded his own music festival in Dubrovnik, "Julian Rachlin and Friends". Since 2000, he has also played the concerto and chamber repertoire for the viola.

In 2005, Rachlin made his Carnegie Hall debut when he performed with the New York Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel.[2]

In 2014, Rachlin was appointed principal guest conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.[3] In 2018, he became principal guest conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. In November 2022, the KSO announced the appointment of Rachlin as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2023-2024 season.[4] In January 2023, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra announced the appointment of Rachlin as its next music director, effective with the 2023–2024 season[5]

Rachlin plays the "ex Liebig" Stradivarius violin (which is loaned to him by its owner, the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung).[6]

In 2000, he was awarded the International Prize of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ Pasles, Chris (10 November 1993). "At 18, a Return to Prominence: Violinist Julian Rachlin went into relative obscurity after winning an international competition at 13". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ IMG Artists Archived 2020-05-18 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Royal Northern Sinfonia appoint Julian Rachlin as Principal Guest Conductor". Gramophone. 13 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Julian Rachlin ny sjefdirigent i KSO" (Press release). Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. 30 November 2022. Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  5. ^ "The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra welcomes Julian Rachlin as its new Music Director" (Press release). Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. 25 January 2023. Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  6. ^ "Julian Rachlin" (PDF). Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize". Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by Chief Conductor, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by Music Director, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by