The artist takes up the role from the 2015-16 season
Julian Rachlin has been appointed principal guest conductor of the UK’s Royal Northern Sinfonia. The violinist, who takes up the role in the 2015-16 season, first conducted the orchestra in October 2013.
‘I am thrilled to be working so closely with such a dynamic orchestra,’ said Rachlin. ‘Following our first performance together last year, I was astounded by the musical response from the orchestra and felt there was a great connection. I can’t wait to see what exciting opportunities and projects lie ahead!’
Rachlin’s appointment follows that of pianist Lars Vogt, who becomes the orchestra’s music director from the 2015-16 season. Vogt and Rachlin replace violinist Thomas Zehetmair, now conductor laureate, who served as the Sinfonia’s music director and chief conductor for ten years.
While maintaining an active performing career, Rachlin is continuing to grow his conducting portfolio. This season he conducts the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Dublin’s RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and the English Chamber Orchestra as part of his 2014-15 residency in Vienna’s Musikverein. He has also made recent conducting debuts with the Czech Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
Photo: Julia Weseley