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Julian Wachner

julian wachner headshotJulian Wachner is one of North America’s most exciting and versatile musicians, sought-after as both conductor and composer. He appears on the world’s leading stages including engagements with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Pops Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Music Academy of the West, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, and L’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.

He is associate professor of music at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal, Québec where he serves as Principal Conductor of Opera McGill. He assumed the post of Music Director at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City in fall 2010. Wachner’s original music has been described as “bold and atmospheric” by the New York Times, and “jazzy, energetic, and ingenious” by the Boston Globe. His complete catalogue of music is published by E. C. Schirmer, and he is also an award-winning organist and improvisator.

Born in Hollywood, California, Wachner began his musical education at age 4 with cello and piano lessons at the University of Southern California, and studied under Gerre Hancock at the St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University’s School for the Arts where his teachers included David Hoose and Lukas Foss, and where he began serving on the teaching staff of the Young Artists Vocal and Composition Programs at Tanglewood. More available at


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