Speech Day - College Blue Recipient
Speech Day was also a very special day for Old Ignatian, Julian Ferraretto who was awarded College Blue for his achievements in the field of Music! What an inspiration - Congratulations Julian!
Julian started at the Junior School in 1981 in Year 4. His three siblings are also old scholars and in addition, his father Ennio was a well-respected teacher of Italian at the College during the 1970’s and 1980’s.
In his time at the College Julian was an exceptional violinist. His talent was acknowledged through his appointment as College Music Captain in 1989.
Julian went on to study at the Elder Conservatorium. Here he was the recipient of several awards including the John Robert Mitchell Violin Prize and Top Undergraduate (Jazz).
In 1999 he won a South Australian Music Industry Award for Best Folk Music Act with band Aire Flamenco.
Julian’s musical talents have enabled him to work internationally. He has performed at every major European Jazz Festival together with many of the UK’s most important contemporary jazz and world music bands.
Locally, Julian has collaborated on arranging, recording, touring and education projects. In February 2016 he curated the first of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Gigs at Grainger’ series. The sell-out concert, titled “Gypsy to Swing – The Journey of Jazz Violin”, saw Julian in the roles of soloist, arranger, orchestrator and composer.
This year he opened the series once again composing a new suite: “Have Violin Will Travel”. This was recorded and later broadcast on ABC Classic FM.
Julian’s work in education includes improvisation and creative music workshops for London Music Master’s Bridge Project, Wigmore Hall, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Nexus Arts and the Adelaide Secondary School of English.
Julian also works with a number of local schools to create and perform student led works. Recently as the Artist in Residence at the Junior School, where he worked with students to develop their love and passion for music.
As a composer, Julian writes for film, television, radio and theatre and his works have premiered at the Sydney Opera House, The Adelaide Festival and Wigmore Hall’s ‘Time at the Bar’ series.
There is no doubt that Julian’s accomplishments to date as violin soloist, arranger, orchestrator and composer make him a worthy recipient of a College Blue.