Violinist Julian Rhee is an avid soloist who made his Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra debut at age eight. Since those auspicious beginnings, Julian has gone on to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Avanti Symphony Orchestra, West Suburban Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the Lacrosse Symphony Orchestra, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. A passionate chamber musician, Julian has also appeared with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City, and won awards for his violin and viola performances in string quartets.
In June of 2017, Julian toured across Argentina and Uruguay, performing the Brahms Concerto as the guest soloist. He has performed in an array of venues, including Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, Heinz Hall, the Overture Center for the Arts, Teatro El Círculo in Rosario, Argentina, The Musikverein in Vienna, Bartok Hall in Hungary, New World Center and the John F Kennedy Center.
Julian has also appeared alongside internationally renowned ensemble Time for Three on National Public Radio’s From The Top, 98.7 WFMT’s Introductions, Milwaukee Public Radio 89.7, Milwaukee Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio and Television (WPT/WPR).
Julian shares his passion for music by serving in the local community as an assisting artist and mentor of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra (WIO), which brings together musicians of all ages and skill levels in a challenging, non-competitive environment. In addition, he regularly speaks and performs at schools and retirement homes in Wisconsin and Illinois, most recently at West Bend High School and North Shore Country Day School as its Susan Marshall Artist.
Julian studied with Almita and Roland Vamos as a scholarship recipient at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He is a graduate of Brookfield East High School as Class President and Valedictorian. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.
• First Prize Winner, 2nd triennial Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, 2020
•First Prize Winner, Johansen International Competition in Washington DC
• Solo Bach, Commissioned Work, and Elaine H. Klein Prize Winner at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition
• 2018 Finalist, National YoungArts Foundation
• Presidential Scholars in the Arts medalist/featured performer at John F. Kennedy Center and medal recipient at the White House
• Recipient, Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship
• Winner, Aspen Music Festival Violin Concerto Competition/featured performer with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent
• First Prize Winner, 2018 A.N. & Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition (string quartet)
• First Prize Winner, Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition (string quartet)
• Gold Medalist, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (string quartet)
• Gold Medalist, M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition (string quartet)