Julian is a core member of the violin section of the Victoria Symphony and started playing with the orchestra when he was 18 years old. Julian began playing the violin at age 5 studying with Frona Kahoon and Yasuko Eastman. He continued his studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Trudi Conrad and Sydney Humphries, and at the University of Victoria with Ann Elliott-Goldschmidt. At 16 years old, Julian was performing with the University of Victoria Orchestra as well as regularly performing in other University ensembles.
Julian performs chamber music with the Eine Kline Summer Festival and has recorded for the CBC. Classically he has performed alongside artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and James Ehnes, just to name a few.
Julian has performed and recorded in other genres such as Klezmer, Jazz, Gyspy Jazz, Celtic, Tango, Folk and Pop, performing alongside artists such as David Foster, Il Divo, The Canadian Tenors, Carlos Nunez and Jann Arden. He has performed numerous times at the TD International Jazz Festival in Victoria; as a member of The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra, Julian was part of the opening act for Symphony Splash, performing for over 40,000 people.
Julian is in demand as an adjudicator. In 2009 he was the Senior Violin adjudicator at The Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival.
Julian Vitek is a luthier as well, owning and operating Vitek Violins. As a child, Julian had a fascination with woodworking. With his Grandfather, Julian learned how to make Archery bows from Yew wood in the style of the 16 century English longbow. This passion led to a job at Old Town Strings in their sales department as the Bowed String Instrument expert. Wishing to further develop his skills as a luthier, Julian went to work as an apprentice for Kim Tipper with a focus on sales and basic repair and set-up. During that time he also worked at Larsen Music gaining experience working on and setting up instruments of all kinds and sizes within the bowed string instrument family.
Julian furthered his education as a luthier attending multiple courses at the University of New Hampshire Violin Craftmanship Institute with training from world renowned master luthiers. He has studied bow re-hairing, repair and restoration with international award winning bow maker Michael Vann, and set-up and acoustic optimization with master violin maker Raymond Schryer. For more information, please visit vitekviolins.com.
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