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.
Highlights of his 2009/10 season include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the BBC Scottish, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and a U.S. tour playing/directing the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. With his regular recital partner, Itamar Golan, Rachlin 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, Rachlin has established his own chamber music festival in Dubrovnik. Read more at 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. His early recordings on the Sony Classical label include the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Sérénade with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Maazel, the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 3 and Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Mehta, as well as the Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev. Deutsche Grammophon released a String Trio version of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations recorded with Mischa Maisky and Nobuko Imai. Rachlin has begun a new collaboration with ONYX Classics and released a live CD of Shostakovich chamber music with Mischa Maisky, Janine Jansen, Yuri Bashmet, and Itamar Golan. Later this year Rachlin’s recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Kammerorchester will be released.
Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian Rachlin 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.
Since September 1999 he has been on the faculty at the Vienna Conservatory. Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 “ex Liebig” Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Angelika Prokopp Private Foundation.
Please visit him on the Internet at julianrachlin.com.