Julian Smiles is one of Australia’s leading cellists, with a career based in chamber music and solo performance reaching a national and international audience. He held the position of Principal Cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for several years, and has frequently performed as guest Principal with the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestras.
In 1991, Julian was invited to join the Australia Ensemble @UNSW, and in 1995 formed the Goldner String Quartet with colleagues Dene, Dimity and Irina. These roles have seen Julian perform and record internationally, and develop a reputation as a leading chamber musician.
Recently, Julian has performed concertos with the Willoughby and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, and premiered a new concerto by Mark Isaacs with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, he and his wife Dimity performed piano trios with candidates of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.
In 2013, performances with the Goldner String Quartet include a tour of New Zealand, the Musica Viva and Huntington Estate Festivals and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. He and Dimity performed the Brahms Double Concerto together for the first time with the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra.
Julian has tutored many young musicians for Musica Viva and the Australian Youth Orchestra, and has held a teaching position at the Canberra School of Music. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Cello at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.
Julian plays an 1827 Lorenzo Ventapane cello.