Julian Smiles

Julian is one of Australia’s leading cellists. With a career based in chamber music, but extending with great success into solo as well as orchestral playing, his schedule sees him performing and recording extensively both in Australia and overseas.

A former principal cello with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and frequent guest principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Julian is currently cellist with Australia Ensemble, the University of New South Wales’ acclaimed resident chamber music ensemble, and the highly successful Goldner String Quartet.

The Goldner Quartet has been consistently acknowledged as a leading Australian Ensemble, and has established a growing reputation overseas. A series of recordings for Hyperion with the Pianist Piers Lane has received critical acclaim, and in July 2011 they performed at the City of London Festival, where the Guardian reviewer described their performances as “quartet playing of the rarest quality.”

Julian is very much a part of the worldwide musical “network”, having worked with musicians such as Stephen Kovacevich, Boris Bermann, Frans Helmerson, Slava Grigoryan, Pieter Wispelwey, Pascal Roge, Piers Lane, Irina Schnittke, Jane Peters and Paul Grabowsky, conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Charles Duthoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Zinmann, and Edo de Waart, and composers Arvo Paart, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Nigel Westlake, Carl Vine, Brett Dean and Matthew Hindson.

In the last few years Julian has enjoyed an increasing profile as a soloist, and has recently performed concertos with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and several orchestras in Sydney. In 2012 he will perform the Dvorak Concerto with the Willoughby Symphony, Shostakovich No.1 with the Canberra Symphony, and will premier a new concerto by Mark Isaacs with the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic.

Julian is also in demand as a teacher, and has tutored gifted young musicians individually and as chamber groups at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and for the Australian Youth Orchestra, and has held teaching positions at the Canberra School of Music and Sydney Conservatorium.

In July 2012 Julian and his wife, Dimity Hall, will be performing piano trios with contestants in the chamber music round of the Sydney International Piano Competition.

Julian plays on an 1827 Lorenzo Ventapane cello and lives in Sydney.

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"A light touch takes this trio from tragedy to rhapsody"
Sydney Morning Herald July '12 - Read

"Selby hones a sharper Edge"
The Age July '12 - Read

"Happy blend of talents"
Advertiser July '12 - Read

"Celebrating generosity"
The Canberra Times May '12 - Read

"A hearty feast for all friends and admirers"
Sydney Morning Herald May '12 - Read

"Sweet treats of a musical 'mousse'"
City News, Canberra May '12 - Read

"Haunting, thrilling, intoxicating and inspiring."
The Canberra Times Mar '12 - Read

"Selby and Friends gave it a vivid performance. Their raw, rugged rhythmic power conveyed all its boisterous fun while their delicacy preserved its high art values." The Australian March '12 - Read

"Pianist Kathryn Selby has brought together musicians of exceptional calibre who clearly love playing together." The Australian March '12 - Read

"Mellifluous Mozart began the concert, with Kathryn Selby lapping up the voluble piano part with consummate ease." Advertiser Nov '11 - Read

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