Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied violin at the Vienna Conservatory with the eminent pedagogue Boris Kuschnir and took private lessons with Pinchas Zukerman. He gained international acclaim overnight in 1988 by winning the "Young Musician of the Year" Award at the Eurovision Competition in Amsterdam. He then became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut under Riccardo Muti. Over the last 28 years, Mr Rachlin has worked with the world’s leading orchestras under the batons of prestigious conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, André Previn and Yuri Temirkanov. His chamber music partners have included, among others, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Itamar Golan, Janine Jansen, Evgeny Kissin, Gidon Kremer, Lang Lang, Mischa Maisky and Mstislav Rostropovich.
In addition to his prominent career as soloist, Mr Rachlin is conducting extensively and his appearances are held in high regard. He is entering his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and will return to the Camerata Salzburg, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Prague Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Slovenian Philharmonic. His second European tour with the English Chamber Orchestra will again include a performance at the Vienna Musikverein. Additionally, he will make his conducting debuts with the China Philharmonic, Guangzhou Philharmonic, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Trondheim Symphony.