Julian Pellicano

Conductor

Julian Pellicano
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Bio

American/Canadian conductor Julian Pellicano has rapidly established himself as a leading interpreter of music across abroad spectrum of genres, traditions, and time periods, leading the Winnipeg Free Press to proclaim that “his versatility is truly astonishing.” Whether it be traditional and contemporary symphonic repertoire, classical and modern ballet, opera, films live with orchestra, pops, musical theatre, multi-media productions, workshops, or his carefully programmed concerts for young listeners, Julian brings an incisive musicality and collaborative spirit to every performance.

The 2021–2022 season marks his third as the Principal Conductor of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Pellicano’s ninth season with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra where he serves as the orchestra’s Associate Conductor. Upcoming guest engagements include performances with the Vancouver Symphony, Orlando Ballet, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra where Julian is a candidate for the position of Music Director. Highlights from past concert seasons include guest appearances with the Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony with Cincinnati Ballet, Edmonton Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Yale Philharmonia, Orquestra de Valencia, the Hartford Symphony, and the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre.

Julian’s career grew out of unconventional beginnings, performing as a self-taught, percussionist, timpanist, drummer and accordionist, in styles ranging from folk music to blues and jazz, rock and punk, as well as more traditional ensembles and orchestras. Pellicano studied conducting with Shinik Hahm on fellowship at the Yale School of Music, with Per Andersberg at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and has conducted in masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Peter Eötvös, Zsolt Nagy, Martyn Brabbins, Carl St. Clair, L’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has degrees in percussion from the Peabody Conservatory, The Royal College of Musicin Stockholm, Sweden, the Yale School of Music and a degree in Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University.