Julian Rachlin is a famous violinist and violist. He was born in Lithuania into a musical family, his father being a cellist and his mother a pianist. In 1978 he moved with his parents to Austria, where he has been living ever since. 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. Julian Rachlin gained international acclaim overnight in 1988 by winning the “Young Musician of the Year” Award at the Eurovision Competition held in Amsterdam. This success led to Lorin Maazel’s invitation to debut at the Berlin Festival with the Orchestre National de France and to tour Europe and Japan with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He then became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut under Riccardo Muti.
Afterwards, Rachlin has appeared with, and returns on a regular basis to, the world’s major orchestras. These include Bavarian Radio Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra Philharmonica della Scala, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and the “Moscow Virtuosi”. In the development of his career, Rachlin has enjoyed collaborations with some of the most illustrious maestros in Europe and the United States, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, and André Previn. In 2000, he joined Mstislav Rostropovich and Yuri Bashmet, among others, in the premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Sextet. The same year, Rachlin 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 2000, he was rewarded with the prestigious International Prize of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena. In 2005, Rachlin made his Carnegie Hall debut when he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Maazel.