Mr Julian Smiles

Julian has occupied many of the most prestigious positions in the Australian classical music scene. He was for several years principal cellist with the ACO and has performed frequently as guest principal cello with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. In 1991 he was invited to join the Australia Ensemble, the University of New South Wales’ acclaimed resident chamber music ensemble, and in 1995 formed the highly successful Goldner String Quartet with ensemble colleagues Dene Olding, Irina Morozova and Dimity Hall. These two groups continue to be regarded as representing the pinnacle of chamber music in the country, and the Goldner Quartet in particular has established an international reputation with rave reviews of their recordings and recent performances in the UK. Julian is also frequently heard as a soloist, and has performed concertos with the Melbourne and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and several community orchestras in Sydney. He has also performed as a soloist at the Townsville International Festival of Chamber Music and the Huntington Estate Music Festival, and premiered solo works by Australian composers such as Mark Isaacs and Michael Yezerski. As a well respected teacher Julian draws on his many years of experience as a performer at the highest level, as well as his studies with Nelson Cooke, one of the most significant teachers in Australia, and with Janos Starker at Indiana University.

Areas of Study



C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music