Canada, Quebec City Quebec Cello
Featured in CBC Music’s “30 Classical Under 30”, Canadian cellist Julien Siino started the cello at age four with Morag Northey and then entered the class of Leslie Snider at the Quebec Conservatory of Music. He continued his musical studies in Europe at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag (Holland Scholarship) and the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, where his main teachers have been Michel Strauss, Jan-Ype Nota, Guillaume Paoletti and Bruno Cocset. While attending several summer festivals and master classes, he has worked with many other great musicians such as Raphael Wallfisch, Philippe Muller, Julian Steckel, Claudio Bohorquez, Lluis Claret, Roel Dieltiens, Daniel Müller-Schott, Antonio Meneses, Xavier Phillips, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Blair Lofgren, David Hetherington, Benoit Loiselle, Deborah Pae, Joseph Johnson, Jan Ickert, Christian-Pierre La Marca, Aurélien Sabouret and Cyrille Lacrouts.
He has won First Prize at various competitions, including the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition (Canada), International Agustin Aponte Competition (Spain), the Canadian Music Competition, and the Petit Mozart Audi Sainte-Foy competition (Canada). He was also finalist in the Stepping Stone and the Prix d’Europe competitions in Montreal and took part in international competitions such as the XI Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw, the George Enescu International Cello Competition in Bucharest and the Markneukirchen International Cello Competition (Germany). As a soloist, chamber musician, and member of orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Orchestra of the Americas, the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden (Germany) and the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest (Netherlands), he has performed in great North American and European concerts halls. He has also been invited to perform with the Violons du Roy, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France and Orchestre national de Montpellier. He is currently Artist in Residence at the Academy of the Paris National Opera and the Académie musicale Philippe Jaroussky. He has had the chance to work with various living composers such as Ian Cusson, George Aperghis, Yannick Plamondon and Jean Lesage.
He plays on a cello made in Paris by Auguste Sébastien Bernardel in 1838 with a bow by Victor François Fétique generously loaned to him by Canimex Inc. He has also been awarded various scholarships by organisations and festivals such as the Orford Academy, the Liechtenstein Musikakademie, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, the Jeunesses musicales du Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Fondation Meyer and Canimex Inc.