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Cello

Julian Smiles

Julian Smiles

Julian Smiles is supported by Dr Nita Vasilescu

Julian Smiles has for over 30 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 Australia, Kathryn Selby and Friends and at the Huntington Estate Music Festival.

After advanced studies with Janos Starker in the US he was invited in 1991 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 chamber 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.

Active as a soloist, Julian has performed concertos with orchestras and appeared as a recitalist and guest chamber musician throughout Australia and was the Canberra Symphony Orchestral’s inaugural Artist in Focus in 2018.

Julian is sought after as a teacher and chamber music coach and has held teaching positions at the Australian Institute of Music and Canberra School of Music, and is currently Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Julian performs on a cello by Lorenzo Ventapane of Naples, made in 1827.