Julian Rhee, The Final Forte 2017 winner performs Méditation from Thaïs, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and shares stories about life and music.


Our second “Young Artist Series” story that is part of our “Home Is Where the Art Is” collection features Julian Rhee, winner of The Finale Forte 2017. Julian begins with a lovely two minute performance of Méditation from Thaïs by Massenet, and finishes with a four minute excerpt from the second movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto following an interview.

Julian, now age 19, shares memories about first performing with the Symphony at age 11, through his experiences in The Final Forte with our orchestra, and how it helped give him a voice. He reveals how classical music taps into his emotions, who he is, what he wants to say to an audience, and how important it is to express himself in ways that you can’t with just words.

Enjoy our second Young Artist Series story. More stories in the coming weeks that were shared with us over the summer. Visit madisonsymphony.org/homewithartists to view the latest Home Is Where the Art is stories.

About Julian Rhee

Julian Rhee is quickly gaining recognition as an emerging artist and performer, praised for his “sophisticated, assured tone, superb intonation, and the kind of poise and showmanship that thrills audiences.” (The Strad)

An avid soloist, Julian made his Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra debut at age 8, and has gone on to perform with orchestras including the Aspen Philharmonic, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Eugene, and Madison Symphony Orchestras.

In January of 2020, Julian was named the first prize winner of the Elmar Oliveira International Competition. He has also performed at the John F. Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar and received his medal at the White House. A top prize winner of the Johansen and Klein International Competitions, Julian has appeared alongside Time for Three on NPR’s From The Top, Jupiter Chamber Players, 98.7 WFMT’s Introductions, and Wisconsin Public Radio and Television. Julian studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory.

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