JULIAN RACHLIN (1974) is one of the most celebrated musicians of our time. His multifaceted interests have taken him around the world as soloist, conductor, chamber musician, teacher and artistic director. He completed his musical education in the class of Boris Kuschnir at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien. He also took private lessons with Pinkas Zuckerman in New York, who encouraged him to continue developing his viola playing. Mr. Rachlin also completed conducting studies with Maestro Mariss Jansons, and was mentored by Maestro Daniele Gatti.
A magnificent violinist, he developed an impressive career. The Los Angeles Times calls him “a virtuoso with heart and a champion´s bearing”. He has performed with the world’s greatest orchestras under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bernard Haitink, Maris Jansons, James Levine, Neville Mariner, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Roger Norrington, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen and others.
His partnership in chamber music with famous performers such as Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer, Evgeny Kissin, Yuri Bashmet, Denis Matsuev, Janine Janssen, Vilde Frang, Misha Maisky, Leif Ove Andsnes, Maxim Wengerov, Lang-Lang and others is remarkable.
In 2000, he curated the famous Julian Rachlin and Friends Festival in Dubrovnik, a festival that reflects his joie de vivre and passion for bringing together great artists and an international audience in a celebration of art. Rachlin is also the artistic director of the Golden Autumn Festival at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt (Austria).
Rachlin’s elegant and dynamic style cemented his reputation as a conductor known for his meticulous rehearsal methods and vital interpretations. He has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Russian National Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the RAI Turin Orchestra and others.
Chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Kristiansand (Norway), from October 2023 he also takes over as chief conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Rachlin is also “artist in residence” of the Sofia Philharmonic.
A strong proponent of expanding the relevance of classical music in contemporary culture, Julian Rachlin’s projects with living composers and cross-media collaborations bring together artists from diverse artistic backgrounds and genres. He has worked closely with and premiered works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Giya Kancheli, Lera Auerbach, Richard Dubuillon, and Vangelis. He has participated in films, collaborative projects with digital installation artists and famous actors such as John Malkovich, Sir Roger Moore and Gerard Depardieu.
Dedicated to training and supporting young talent, Rachlin founded the Julian Rachlin and Friends Foundation to help nurture the careers of outstanding young musicians. Since 1999, Mr. Rachlin has served as a faculty member and professor at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (MUK).
He has received numerous awards in recognition of his work in the field of classical music. He is a laureate of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana Siena Prize, was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Julian Rachlin plays a 1704 ex-Liebig Stradivarius and a 1785 Lorenzo Storioni viola, courtesy of Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. The strings of the instruments are sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld. His numerous recordings, highly praised by music critics, have been released by Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Warner Classics.