Julian Wachner

Opus 3 Artists is pleased to welcome Grammy-nominated conductor Julian Wachner to our roster. Julian Wachner  is one of North America’s most exciting and versatile musicians, sought after as conductor, composer, and keyboard artist. As Director of Music and the Arts at New York’s historic Trinity Wall Street, Wachner oversees an annual season of over 900 events, including concerts, series, festivals, museum expositions, dance and theatre performances, poetry and literary readings, and educational/outreach initiatives in partnership with New York City’s public school system. Wachner serves as the Principal Conductor of NOVUS NY (Trinity’s resident contemporary music orchestra), and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra & Choir of Trinity Wall Street, recently nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY for its recording of Handel’s complete Israel in Egypt. He also is the director of Bach at One, Trinity’s weekly performances of the Cantatas of J. S. Bach.  To open the 2012-13 Season, Wachner conceived of and directed Trinity’s Twelve in 12 Festival celebrating the Pulitzer Prize in music.  Of this festival, Steve Smith noted in Time Out that “some ideas seem so utterly obvious and right at a glance that you wonder why it took someone so long to hatch them. ‘Twelve in 12’ is that kind of notion…Mark your calendars, and give thanks.”

Recent and upcoming engagements include those with the Lincoln Center Festival, Juilliard Opera Theatre, New York City Opera, Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal and Pittsburgh Symphonies, BAM Next Wave Festival, Virginia Opera, and The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary tour.

Wachner is also Music Director of the Grammy Award-winning Washington Chorus, with whom he won ASCAP’s Alice Parker award for adventurous programming in 2011.  A Baroque specialist, he was the founding Music Director of the Boston Bach Ensemble and the Bach Académie de Montréal, besides serving as Artistic Director of International Bach Festivals in Boston and Montreal.  In 2011 he founded New York City’s newest music festival, The Twelfth Night Festival of Early Music, most recently presented in collaboration with Gotham Early Music Society (GEMS) and featuring many of New York’s leading baroque and renaissance ensembles.

In 2010, Wachner was both conductor and composer at New York City Opera 's annual VOX festival of contemporary opera leading to the invitation to be the sole conductor of this Festival in 2012.  His original music has been variously described as “jazzy, energetic, and ingenious” (Boston Globe), having “an imaginative flair for allusive text setting” and noted for “the silken complexities of his harmonies” (New York Times). 

“there was genius here and no mistaking it.”
Boston Globe

“Julian Wachner knows how to draw maximum drama from a score,” and noted that he was “emphatic and theatrical and so at home in opera that he could bring out the requisite sense of drama.”
The Washington Post  

“Few conductors have drawn such focused, committed, and meticulous music-making as Julian Wachner. … [He] built the music, line by line, as an architectural edifice, serving both the music’s emotional and more purely aesthetic elements.”  As a result, Stearns “couldn’t help fantasize that [Wachner] might do an annual Philadelphia Orchestra festival of Bach and Handel.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

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Watch Julian Wachner conduct Handel's Messiah