The violinist will become the chief conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra


Julian Rachlin © Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra / Lars Gunnar Liestøl

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Julian Rachlin has been named as the new chief conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. The Lithuanian musican will begin his new role for the 2023-24 season.

’I’m honoured and deeply moved by the trust the orchestra has placed in me following my five seasons as their principal guest conductor,’ Rachlin said on social media. ’To be expanding the collaboration at this point is a testimony of our musical friendship and deep artistic connection. I can’t wait to continue our artistic journey together!’

In his career spanning thirty years, Rachlin has recently turned to conducting, directing orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin. He was also guest conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, conductor in residence with the Sofia Philharmonic and is artistic director of the Herbstgold Festival in Eisenstadt.

Before he takes up his new role in August 2023, Rachlin will continue conducting the orchestra as a guest conductor. His next engagement with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra will be on 16 February 2023 conducting a programme comprising Beethoven Piano Concerto no.5 ‘Emperor’ and Symphony no.5.

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