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Meet Julian Smiles

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The Australia Ensemble, Sydney, June 2015

We are very excited to present Julian Smiles as guest artist at our 2018 season launch. If you have not had the opportunity to hear this wonderful Australian (and local) talent live then this is an opportunity you simply cannot miss.

Julian has been a central figure in cello performance and teaching in Australia for over 25 years. Principal cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra at the age of 19 he rapidly gained prominence as a chamber musician in performances for Musica Viva, Kathryn Selby and Friends and at the Huntington Estate Music Festival. He was invited to join the Australia Ensemble@UNSW in 1991 and was a founding member of 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 and premiered many works by Australian and international composers.

An active soloist, Julian has performed with the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian and our beloved Canberra Symphony Orchestras. His years with the Australian Chamber Orchestra assure his demand as a guest principal cellist, performing in that role with the Canberra, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

A student of Nelson Cooke while at the Canberra School of Music and mentored by such luminaries as Charmian Gadd, Richard Goldner and John Painter, Julian now finds himself in the role as teacher and mentor holding 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.

So please join Julian and his Lorenzo Ventapane cello made in 1827 at this year’s launch in what promises to be a wonderful moment in time.

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