Resident Conductor

Conductor Julian Pellicano is quickly distinguishing himself as a dynamic presence on the concert stage. In 2013 he began his appointment as Resident Conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and he recently made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall performing with pianist Boris Berman and the Yale Philharmonia. During the 2012-2013 season he also made his South American debut with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Porto Alegre (Brasil) and premiered the opera “My Friends Story” by Martin Bresnick at New Haven’s “Festival of Arts and Ideas”. Other recent appearances have included concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, New Britain Symphony and Boston’s Dinosaur Annex Ensemble.

From 2009-2013 Juilan was Music Director of the Longy Conservatory Orchestra at the Longy School of Music (Cambridge, USA) where he was recognized for developing the orchestra’s repertoire, engaging world-class soloists (including member os the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and performing several world premieres. An Artist in Residence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, he has been the conductor of the Norfolk New Music Ensemble since 2008, Recognized for his work with living composers and transparent interpretations of contemporary works, Pellicano has premiered over 30 new pieces including the first American performance of Hans Werner Henze’s Drei Geistliche Konzerte with trumpeter Joel Brennan and the world premiere of a new version of George Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique, which successfully married the Antheil’s music with Fernand Léger’s notorious film.

Julian holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden and Yale University’s School of Music where he studied conducting with Shinik Hahm and percussion with Robert Van Sice. He was awarded a fellowship conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under the guidance of conductor/composer Peter Eötvös and conductor Zsolt Nagy and has conducted in masterclasses with Kurt Masur and Martyn Brabbins. He also holds a degree in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and was a recipient of the 2008 Presser Music Award.

Joined WSO: 2013
Hometown: Garden City, New York (USA)

What is your favorite piece of music to conduct?
Get back to me in 40 years and I'll let you know.

What famous person in history who played at Carnegie Hall would you have most liked to see/meet?
Either Arturo Toscanini or Tchaikovsky.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Opportunities come when you least expect them, especially if you practice as much as humanly possible!

If you could bump into a famous New Yorker who would it be?
Jerry Seinfeld

What do you plan to do with your time in New York?
Being a New Yorker, I'm not expected to do touristy stuff, but I really love going to the top of the Empire State Building at night. I'm also going to see as many of my family and friends as possible, and hopefully make it to the Metropolitan Opera.  

What New York food are you most looking forward to eating?
Real NY pizza at Umberto's of New Hyde Park. Get the "Brick Oven" pie. I'm pretty sure it's the best pizza on this side of the Atlantic.

Who is your favourite composer?
I'm partial to Italian opera, especially Verdi.

What is the last song you plaed on your iPod?
This is strange, but it was The Benedictine Monks from the Abbey of St. Maurice & St. Maur Clervaux performing 10th century plainchant.

When attending a concert, what makes a great performance stand out?
In my experience as an audience member I've definitely felt a special energy that comes off the stage in great and memorable performances, when the performer or performers enter some kind of stratosphere of music making, and conjure the ability to make a fully composed and rehearsed piece of music sound spontaneous and almost improvised. It's a rare but amazing experience.