Peter Bassano, Music Director, City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

It is with the greatest pleasure that I along with the whole orchestra welcome Julian Milone as the new leader of the CRSO. Julian and I are old friends and colleagues sharing some twenty years as joint members of the Philharmonia Orchestra where Julian remains as the longest serving member.

Julian studied at Chetham’s School and the Royal College of Music. In 1979 he joined the first violin section of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and four years later became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, a position he continues to hold. Away from the Philharmonia he plays in András Schiff’s hand-picked chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, in violin ensemble concerts with his group, ‘4 Violins & a Bass’ and is professor of violin at the Kent Academy of Music.

Julian was instrumental in securing our cello soloist for Dvořák’s celebrated concerto. Anna Crawford is Philharmonia Orchestra’s MMSF Cello Fellow. Anna was a pupil at the King’s School, Rochester before beginning advanced study at the Royal College of Music. She is currently in a postgraduate year studying with Gemma Rosefield, where she is supported by the Victor and Lilian Hochhauser Scholarship. She was awarded first prize in the 2019 and 2022 RCM Cello Competition.