Julian Rhee is a scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college musicians; he studies violin with Almita Vamos. The First Prize Winner of the 2018 Johansen International Competition in Washington D.C, Julian is also the Silver Medalist and a Finalist Winner of the 2018 National YoungArts Foundation. In addition, Julian competes in the semifinals of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco in June.
An avid soloist, Julian made his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut in Heinz Hall at age 15, and has gone on to perform with orchestras including the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Orchestra of Illinois, Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent engagements include performances with the Eugene Symphony, Avanti Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra in their 2018-19 Concert Series.
During the summer of 2017 Julian performed the Brahms Violin Concerto as the guest soloist on a ten-day Tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Julian has appeared on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O' Riley, where he collaborated with internationally renowned ensemble Time for Three in Jordan Hall, Boston. He has performed on 98.7 FMT’s Introductions, Milwaukee Public Radio 89.7 and Wisconsin Public Radio.
Julian is the first prize winner of the Music Teacher National Senior Strings Competition, Walgreens National Concerto Competition, Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition, West Suburban Orchestra Competition, Lacrosse Rising Stars Competition, Civic Music Association, Dupage Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Competition, Sejong Music Competition, American Opera Society of Chicago Scholarship, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and the Madison Symphony Orchestra Bolz Young Artist Competition, among others.
Julian Rhee is the Class President and Valedictorian at Brookfield East High School. As a 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Julian travels to Washington DC this June to perform at the Kennedy Center and White House. He shares his passion for music by serving in the local community as an assisting artist and mentor of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra, providing leadership in this newly-formed organization.