Julian Rachlin (born 8 December 1974) is a Lithuanian-born violinist, violist and conductor.
Background and early life
Born in Vilnius, he emigrated in 1978 with his musician parents to Austria. 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 conductor 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 under Maazel.
In 2014, Rachlin was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Rachlin plays the "ex Liebig" Stradivarius violin (which is loaned to him by its owner, the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung).
In 2011, he performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for its 75th anniversary gala. The same year he declined an invitation to play in the Miyazaki Prefecture due to radiation concerns in Japan from Fukushima I nuclear accidents, though Miyazaki Prefecture as well as much of Western part of Japan were said to be not affected by the recent disasters or radiation ; proceeds from the concert went to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami Victim.
In 2013, he played at Mughal-era Shalimar Gardens in Srinagar, Kashmir in a concert conducted by Zubin Mehta called Ehsaas-e-Kashmir, playing the third movement of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto.
In 2000, he was rewarded with the prestigious International Prize of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana of Siena.