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Julian Smiles


Australia Ensemble, University of New South Wales; Goldner String Quartet; Lecturer Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Australian Hometown(s): Canberra & Sydney
Education: Canberra School of Music; Indiana University, USA

Julian Smiles has for 25 years been a central figure in cello performance and teaching in Australia. On graduating from the Canberra School of Music he was appointed principal cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and rapidly gained prominence as a chamber musician in performances for Musica Viva, Kathryn Selby and Friends and at the Huntington Estate Music Festival.

In 1991 he was invited to join the Australia Ensemble@UNSW, and in 1995 formed the Goldner String Quartet with colleagues Dene Olding, Dimity Hall and Irina Morozova. With these two groups he has performed to critical acclaim at major venues and festivals throughout the world, made over 30 CDs on leading labels, and premiered many works by Australian and International composers.

Julian has appeared frequently as guest principal cello with orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is also active as a soloist with numerous concerto appearances. Recent artistic collaborations include such musicians as Piers Lane, Bernadette Harvey, Dimity Hall, Daniel de Borah and James Crabb.

Having studied with Nelson Cooke, and renowned cellist and teacher Janos Starker, Julian has developed a school of cello playing based on thorough and ongoing analysis of musical and technical issues that sees him sought after as a teacher and chamber music coach. He has held teaching positions at the Australian Institute of Music and Canberra School of Music, and in 2013 was appointed as Lecturer in Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Julian plays on a Lorenzo Ventapane cello made in 1827.

Last updated 2020