Conductor Julian Pellicano has rapidly established himself as a leading interpreter of music across a broad spectrum of genres, traditions, and time periods, leading the Winnipeg Free Press to proclaim that “his versatility is truly astonishing.” Whether it be traditional and contemporary symphonic repertoire, classical and modern ballet, opera, films live with orchestra, pops, musical theater, multi-media productions, workshops, or his carefully programmed concerts for young listeners, Julian brings an incisive musicality and collaborative spirit to every performance.
Julian’s 2019 – 2020 season marks his first as the Principal Conductor of the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the longest continually performing ballet company in North America, celebrating their 80th anniversary season this year. Pellicano has also risen to the role of Associate Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, after six seasons as the orchestra’s Resident Conductor. Additionally, Julian will guest conduct the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony with Cincinnati Ballet, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and will return to the Vancouver Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, where he will be conducting on tour with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Highlights from Julian’s 2018 – 2019 season included debuts with the Seattle Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He was a guest conductor at the Yale School of Music and celebrated his 10th year as an artist in residence at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Pellicano studied conducting on fellowship at the Yale School of Music with Shinik Hahm and he has conducted in masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Peter Eötvös, Zsolt Nagy, Martyn Brabbins,
Carl St. Clair, L’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Other principal conducting teachers have included Harlan Parker and Per Andersberg. Julian’s career grew out of unconventional beginnings, performing as a self-taught drummer, percussionist, timpanist, and accordionist, in styles ranging from folk music to blues and jazz, rock and punk, as well as more traditional ensembles and orchestras. He went on to study percussion at the Peabody Conservatory under Jonathan Haas, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden under Anders Loguin, and the Yale School of Music under Robert Van Sice, where he was also a member of the critically acclaimed Yale Percussion Group. As a percussionist, he has performed in concert halls and festivals in North America, Europe and Asia and was notably the percussionist for the legendary composer Mauricio Kagel conducting his own music in one of his final concert tours throughout the Netherlands. He also holds a degree in Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University.