Julian Brown

Concert Recording:  From the New World, 16 May 2009
2009 Arabian Nights, 7 March 2009

Julian BrownJulian Brown became concertmaster of the Silicon Valley Symphony Orchestra in 2008. He is also co-concertmaster of the California Pops Orchestra, and recently was concertmaster for the Stanford Summer Symphony. He has made a number of solo appearances with the SVS and the California Pops playing among other things Massenet's Meditation from Thais, the theme tune from John Williams's movie score for "Schindler's List", and the solo violin part from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Born in the UK, he has followed a multi-faceted career as musician, radio producer, science writer, software engineer, and scientist.  He taught himself to play the violin at age 8 and took up formal lessons with British violinist Anthony Saltmarsh at age 12.  After studying physics at Cambridge University he worked at the BBC in London as a radio producer making talks and documentaries about science and technology.

After leaving the BBC, Brown worked as a science writer and wrote several popular science books including "Minds, Machines, and the Multiverse", a mind-stretching account of the history and science of quantum computing. In 1998 he came to the US and worked for several years as a software engineer before joining Stanford University where he has worked for the last eight years in a brain research lab. Throughout these times he has pursued a second life as an active musician playing in numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles. His violin heroes include Jascha Heifetz, Itzhak Perlman, and Maxim Vengerov.


Web Design by BACH to Music © 2013
© Copyright 2013 Silicon Valley Symphony  All rights reserved.