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Julian Hersh

Cellist Julian Hersh has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Far East, and is a frequent performer at various festivals, including the Olympic (WA), Saratoga (NY), and Caramoor music festivals. As a founding member of the Jupiter Trio he was awarded First Prize in the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan. Chosen from 54 ensembles representing 19 countries the Jupiter Trio was the first American ensemble in the history of the competition to win the gold medal. In 2004, the trio was recipient of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation for their recording of trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich on the Bridge Records label. Mr. Hersh is also a founding member of the Callisto Ensemble. Based in Chicago, the Callisto Ensemble released a CD in 2006 which features the music of Augusta Read Thomas. Included on the CD are many premiere recordings as well as a commissioned piece entitled "Prairie Sketches." Mr. Hersh has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma on international television in "Marsalis on Music," on "CBS Sunday Mornings," and has been featured in numerous radio broadcasts on NPR. He was also featured on Japanese television both in an interview and live performance at Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Hersh studied at the San Francisco Conservatory where his principal teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Irene Sharp. He is currently on the faculty of the DePaul School of Music.