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JULIAN RACHLIN (b. 1974) is a performer with a career spanning over 30 years as a conductor, solo violinist, chamber musician, teacher and artistic director. As a violinist, he has shared the stage with nearly every major orchestra and conductor. Critics have described him as “a virtuoso with heart and a champion’s bearing” (Los Angeles Times).

Rachlin has been Principal Conductor of the Christiansand Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra since the 2023/24 season. Known for his precise rehearsal methods and superb musicianship, he has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, RAI Turin, and the Grand Teton and Verbier Festival Orchestras. He has been invited as Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Artist Partner of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Born in Lithuania, Rachlin and his family later settled in Vienna, where he studied violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. At the same time he took lessons with Pinchas Zukerman in New York. As a conductor he was mentored by Mariss Jansons and Daniele Gatti.

In 1988, aged just 14, he won the Eurovision Song Contest for Young Musicians in Amsterdam, making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Since then, he has not left the world’s music stages for more than 30 years. He has played under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Neville Mariner, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Roger Norrington, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen and others. His most recent appearances have been with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under Klaus Mäkelä with the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Milan Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov and Munich Symphony Orchestra. He has been invited by the Sofia Philharmonic as a guest artist.

He is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contributions to academic music, including the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader Award, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Rachlin is an active interpreter of contemporary music. He works closely with and premieres works of Krzysztof Penderecki, Giya Kancheli, Vangelis and Lera Auerbach in their premiere works. In 2000, he joined Mstislav Rostropovich in the premiere of Penderecki’s Sextet, and subsequently he was the first performer of the composer’s Concerto Doppio for violin, viola and orchestra and Ciaccona for Violin and Viola dedicated to him.

He has participated in cross-genre projects, made film appearances, collaborated with digital installation artists and noted personalities such as John Malkovich, Sir Roger Moore and Gerard Depardieu.

His festival initiatives present remarkable musicianship in collaboration with world-class artists and his long-time partners on stage such as Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Evgeny Kissin, Denis Matsuev, Janine Janssen, Vilde Frang, Leif Ove Andsnes, Maxim Vengerov, Lang-Lang and Mischa Maisky. The Julian Rachlin and Friends Festival in Dubrovnik has been held for more than a decade and has become a cultural event. Since 2021 he has been appointed artistic director of the Golden Autumn Festival, held at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt (Austria).

In his activities to support the development and career growth of outstanding young talents, he founded the Julian Rachlin and Friends Foundation. Since 1999, Mr. Rachlin has served as a faculty member and professor at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (MUK).

In 2013 he performed alongside Zubin Mehta and the Bavarian State Orchestra at the historic “Peace for Kashmir” concert at the Mugal-era Shalimar Gardens in Srinagar, Kashmir, the first ever performance by a Western orchestra in that region.

He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Warner Class.

He plays a 1704 ex-Liebig Stradivarius and a 1785 Lorenzo Storioni viola, courtesy  of  Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. The strings of the instruments are kindly sponsored by ThomastikInfeld.



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