The Violin

This fine example by Antonio Stradivari, made in Cremona in 1704 is known as the "Ex-Liebig" as it once belonged to an important violin collection owned by Herr Liebig of Vienna during the late 1800's. In the early 1900's, the violin become part of another famous violin collection, The Walter Hamma Collection of Stuttgart. Some years later it passed into the hands of Madame Rauer of Vienna who in 1937 loaned the violin for exhibition at the "Bicentenario Stradivariano" in Cremona.

In 1952, Madame Rause sold the Ex-Liebig through the violin dealer Eugen Tenucci of Zurich to Professor Wolfgang Schneiderhan who for many years was Concert-master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. During his tenancy, Schneiderhan played solo concerts all over Europe and perfomed trios with Enrico Mainardi and Edmin Fischer. He also made several recordings during this period including a landmark interpretation of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in 1962 with Deutsche Grammophon.

At the end of Schneiderhan's distinguished career in 1991, the Ex-Liebig was sold by Ferdinand Kugler of Vienna to the Rogoff family of New York where it remained for a decade. The violin was then passed to the Swiss dealer Claude Lebet who later sold it to the sponsors of Nikolaj Znaider. The violin was then placed in the care of Julian Rachlin, who has performed extensively all over the world on this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Cremonese violin-making.
Photo: © Jan Roehrmann



Unicef – Introduced to Unicef by long-standing friend Sir Roger Moore, Julian has served as a Unicef Ambassador since 2010 and regularly donates his time for Unicef fundraising events.
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World Economic Forum – Given Julian’s consistent dedication to humanitarian causes and emergency relief efforts, he was nominated and accepted as Young Global Leader within the World Economic Forum. In 2010, Julian participated in an event presented by the WEC at Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Global Arts Leadership Initiative to raise awareness of the importance of the arts in today’s society.

FIF – First Initiative Foundation (FIF) is a charitable entity organized for engaging in projects beneficial to the Hong Kong community on a local and international basis, bringing quality of life through the support of education and creativity in arts, design, and music.
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Composed for Julian

Leading contemporary composers have written new works for Julian. They include: Penderecki (Chaconne and Double Concerto), Dubugnon (Piano trio and sonata Violiana), Kancheli (Chiaroscuro). In addition, Julian participated in the world premiere of Penderecki’s Sextet with Rostropovich. 



Educational Outreach

Having studied with both Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and with Pinchas Zukerman, Julian is dedicated to pass on his musical knowledge to the next generation.  Julian has served as a professor at the Vienna Conservatory since 1999 and is expanding his educational outreach internationally.  In the upcoming season, Julian will give master classes at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, among others. Julian takes his teaching work as seriously as his work for Unicef and takes great joy in sharing with his students every possible tool that could help them in their artistic and human development. Despite his busy performing schedule, Julian dedicates as much time as possible to both talented young musicians in need of guidance and children who represent the audience of tomorrow.  His philosophy remains that it is every established musician's responsibility to ensure the continuity and love for classical music. Additional projects are in the making and will be announced soon.



The Artist

Violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin is one of the most exciting and respected musicians of our time. In the first thirty years of his career, he has performed as soloist with the world's leading conductors and orchestras. Mr. Rachlin is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. He also leads the "Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival" in Palma de Mallorca.

Highlights of Mr. Rachlin's 2018/19 season include performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Juanjo Mena, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck, as well as the KBS Symphony Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung. Alongside soloist Sarah McElravy and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, he will perform the UK premiere of Penderecki's Double Concerto for Violin and Viola, which is dedicated to him. Additionally, Mr. Rachlin will conduct among others the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Essen Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. 

Julian Rachlin's recent highlights include a residency at the Prague Spring Festival and his own cycle at the Vienna Musikverein. He also performed with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov, Filarmonica della Scala and Riccardo Chailly, Munich Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, Philharmonia Orchestra and Jakub Hrůša, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale and Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Lahav Shani. As conductor, he toured Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra, and led the Royal Northern Sinfonia across South America and Japan. Additionally, he conducted the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, and made his USA conducting debut at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

In recital and chamber music, Mr. Rachlin performs regularly with Itamar Golan, Denis Kozhukhin, Denis Matsuev, Mischa Maisky, Sarah McElravy, Vilde Frang and Janine Jansen.

Born in Lithuania, Mr. Rachlin immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and with Pinchas Zukerman. After winning the "Young Musician of the Year" Award at the Eurovision Competition in 1988, he became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, debuting under Riccardo Muti. At the recommendation of Mariss Jansons, Mr. Rachlin studied conducting with Sophie Rachlin. Since September 1999, he is on the violin faculty at the Music and Arts University of Vienna. His recordings for Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon have been met with great acclaim. Mr. Rachlin, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is committed to educational outreach and charity work.

Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 "ex Liebig" Stradivari and a 1785 Lorenzo Storioni viola, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. His strings are kindly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.

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The Conductor

Since his debut as a conductor in 1998, Julian has collaborated in play/direct performances with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkunstler Symphony Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.  Upcoming debuts include collaborations with the Camerata Salzburg, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Moscow Virtuosi, the RTE National Symphony and the Slovenian Philharmonic.  


The Viola Player

"The Viola works were perfectly judged and beautifully played." - The New York Times. In the late 90s, Julian studied with Pinchas Zukerman who strongly encouraged him to play viola for his musical development. His viola approach began with the early Haydn Quartets and today his repertoire includes all major works written for viola, both solo and in chamber music. Julian's passion for the viola resulted in Krzysztof Penderecki writing a double concerto for him, which will be premiered at the Vienna Musikverein in 2012.