Julian Linares was born in Pereira Colombia in 1980. He began his Viola studies with Olga Chamorro, Argemiro Parra, and Fredy Muñoz in the Technological University of Pereira. He completed his undergraduate studies in the National Conservatory of Colombia under the direction of Anibal Dos Santos. He earned his master’s degree in instrumental interpretation from the Javeriana University under the renowned maestro Richard Young. He has participated in master classes with Joseph De Pascuale (first viola of the Philadelphia Philharmonic), Craig Moon (first Viola of the MET, New York), Paul Cortese (Liceu de Barcelona), Emerson Di Biaggi (Sao Paulo U. Campinas), Randolph Kelly (first Viola of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic), and others. He has been the head viola professor for the University of the Andes (Bogota) since 2008, and has been the head viola professor for the Universidad del Bosque (Bogota) since 2018.
In 1994 he was a member of the Batuta Select orchestra of Colombia with which he toured Colombia and Ecuador under the direction of Manuel Cubides. In 2000 he was first chair Viola in the American Youth Symphonic Orquestra Festival (FOSJA) in Puerto Rico directed by Luis Biava. He was also a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of Bolivarian States conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. In 2002 he was a member of the Youth Orchestra of America (YOA) led by Carlos Prieto and Benjamin Zander. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has been a soloist with the Technological University of Pereira chamber orchestra, the International Violin and Viola Festival organized by Miguel Casas, the Interviola Festival organized by Sandra Arango, the Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Bogota Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Valle, and the Symphonic Orchestra of the University of the Andes.
Julian has had ample experience with chamber music having been a member of the Santafe Quartet, Trio Ensemble (Harp, Flute, Violin), Tempo Quintet (Colombian Music), contemporary music ensembles, the Chamber Music Society, music festivals such as FEMUSC, and the Aruba and Cartagena Festivals. He has also participated multiple recordings of symphonic music, music for audiovisual media, and music for University and popular projects.
Currently Julian is finishing his master’s degree in orchestral conducting in the Javeriana University under the direction of Luis Guillermo Vicaria and Ricardo Jaramillo. He has been an instructor for several university productions for the University of the Andes (directed by Manuel Cubides) and the Batuta Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Felipe Molano. He has also conducted the Interviola Festival Orchestra, the Technological University of Pereira Symphonic Orchestra, and the Javeriana University Symphonic Orchestra.