Julian Rachlin Named Music Director of Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

By Francisco Salazar

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra has named Julian Rachlin its new Music Director.

The organization said that the orchestra will launch its 85th Anniversary celebrations with the announcement and that Rachlin will begin his tenure in October 2023.

Ofer Amsalem, JSO CEO said, “Julian Rachlin is the right man at the right time. I am certain that as the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Julian will have the positive influence on the Classical music landscape in Israel, we are already planning our next season and our concert tours abroad.”

Of his new position, Julian Rachlin added, “I’m immensely grateful and excited to take on this new role. Having performed regularly in Israel over the last 35 years, the trust the musicians and the City of Jerusalem have placed in me is particularly meaningful. I’m incredibly fortunate to work with such highly skilled artists and such a highly motivated team in a city where I feel very much at home, and can’t wait to embark on this joint musical journey.”

Over the years Rachlin has become widely recognized as one of the most eminent violinists and orchestral conductors of his generation. Rachlin has shared the stage with the world’s greatest soloists, orchestras, and conductors. He is set to take on to become Chief Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra (Norway) beginning in the 2023-24 season, and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (Finland), and Artistic Director of the Herbstgold Festival at the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt (Austria).

He has also guest conducted with the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in England, as well as with the Moscow Virtuosi, Moscow Philharmonic and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation.