Julian joined the ACO in 2006 and was amazed to find that, not only would he be able to feed his love of music-making within this remarkable ensemble, but he would also be able to fuel his passion for music education and surfing!
Julian loves chamber music, has played at many of Australia’s leading chamber music festivals and appears on many ACO recordings, most recently on the Mendelssohn Octet recording for the BIS label. Also passionate about other forms of music-making, Julian has performed in a variety of folk styles at most of Australia’s major folk festivals. He has also released a number of recordings with the ABC, including the ARIA Award-winning disc Fyvie’s Embrace.
Julian is a keen surfer and was among the crew of intrepid ACO musicians who made the trek to remote King Island (Tasmania) in 2007 to film the awarded surf/music documentary Musica Surfica. In 2012, Julian was involved with a small but dedicated crew of ACO musicians and surfers creating The Reef, a live performance piece which marries footage of the ocean and wild desert landscape with an eclectic range of music, exploring the landscape and seascape around Ningaloo Reef in northwest Western Australia.
Julian is a Fulbright Scholar and completed a Master of Music Degree in the USA with Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. He also studied at the Australian National University with Lois Simpson and David Pereira, at the Australian National Academy of Music, in the UK with Raphael Wallfisch, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Julian was Principal Cello with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2006, often performing with them as soloist, and in 2006 was awarded the prestigious Arts ACT Creative Arts Fellowship which enabled him to explore the weird and wonderful world of electric-cello sound manipulation.
Julian is the ACO’s Education Representative and has been involved in their ambitious multi-tiered education initiatives for several years. Very proud of the profound impact of the ACO’s Education Program, Julian does sometimes wonder whether perhaps the kids remember him more for his hairstyle than anything else!
Julian plays a 1721 Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andreæ cello kindly on loan from the Australia Council.
Chair sponsored by The Grist & Stewart Families
Choose from the performances below where Julian Thompson appearsPerth, Wed 14 Nov Sydney, Sat 17 Nov Sydney, Sun 18 Nov Brisbane, Mon 19 Nov Sydney, Tue 20 Nov Sydney, Wed 21 Nov Sydney, Sat 2 Feb Sydney, Sun 3 Feb Sydney, Tue 5 Feb Sydney, Wed 6 Feb Canberra, Sat 9 Feb Melbourne, Sun 10 Feb Melbourne, Mon 11 Feb Adelaide, Tue 12 Feb Perth, Wed 13 Feb Newcastle, Thu 7 Mar Canberra, Sat 9 Mar Brisbane, Mon 11 Mar Sydney, Tue 12 Mar Sydney, Wed 13 Mar Sydney, Fri 15 Mar Sydney, Sat 16 Mar Melbourne, Sun 17 Mar Melbourne, Mon 18 Mar Adelaide, Tue 19 Mar Wollongong, Thu 9 May Canberra, Sat 11 May Melbourne, Sun 12 May Brisbane, Mon 13 May Perth, Wed 15 May Sydney, Sat 18 May Sydney, Sun 19 May Melbourne, Mon 20 May Sydney, Tue 21 May Sydney, Wed 22 May Melbourne, Tue 4 Jun Newcastle, Fri 14 Jun Sydney, Sun 16 Jun Brisbane, Mon 17 Jun Perth, Wed 19 Jun Melbourne, Sun 23 Jun Melbourne, Mon 24 Jun Sydney, Tue 25 Jun Sydney, Wed 26 Jun Sydney, Fri 28 Jun Sydney, Sat 29 Jun Canberra, Sat 10 Aug Melbourne, Sun 11 Aug Melbourne, Mon 12 Aug Adelaide, Tue 13 Aug Perth, Wed 14 Aug Sydney, Sat 17 Aug Sydney, Sun 18 Aug Brisbane, Mon 19 Aug Sydney, Tue 20 Aug Sydney, Wed 21 Aug Sydney, Fri 23 Aug Wollongong, Thu 5 Sep Canberra, Sat 7 Sep Melbourne, Sun 8 Sep Melbourne, Mon 9 Sep Adelaide, Tue 10 Sep Sydney, Thu 12 Sep Sydney, Sun 15 Sep Sydney, Tue 17 Sep Sydney, Sat 19 Oct Brisbane, Mon 21 Oct Sydney, Tue 22 Oct Sydney, Wed 23 Oct Wollongong, Thu 24 Oct Sydney, Fri 25 Oct Sydney, Sun 27 Oct Melbourne, Mon 28 Oct Adelaide, Tue 29 Oct Perth, Wed 30 Oct Canberra, Sat 9 Nov Melbourne, Sun 10 Nov Melbourne, Mon 11 Nov Adelaide, Tue 12 Nov Newcastle, Thu 14 Nov Sydney, Sat 16 Nov Sydney, Sun 17 Nov Brisbane, Mon 18 Nov Sydney, Tue 19 Nov Sydney, Wed 20 Nov Sydney, Fri 22 Nov