Sprung from the music of southern Appalachia, Julian is a free-spirited violinist who spins deep tone with modern ease. Awarded the 2016 Fresh Grass Fiddle Award and winner of the 2017 RockyGrass fiddle competition, Julian has toured extensively with cellist Ben Sollee and progressive bluegrass outfit Front Country.
Julian spent his childhood surrounded by many iconic acoustic musicians in Asheville NC including fiddler Bobby Hicks – whose smooth and lush sound has had a big impact on Julian’s playing. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Julian has been honored with the 2016 Fletcher Bright Award and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival’s 2015 Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarship.
About the band:
The idea for this ensemble was sparked in 2017 by a program in Savannah Georgia called the Acoustic Music Seminar which brought to group together for the first time. A year later Julian flew the band to Boston and coached by Aoife O’Donovan (of I’m With Her and Crooked Still), the group went into the studio to record Julian’s album entitled Bent Creek. The band is comprised of mandolinist and IBMA instrumental momentum award recipient Tristan Scroggins, National banjo champion Matthew Davis, Sam Leslie guitarist extraordinaire, Dan Klingsberg on upright bass, and Julian Pinelli on Fiddle. With deep roots in bluegrass, the ensemble gracefully dances between improvisational explorations and groovy traditionals.
Press for debut album Bent Creek:
"Julian has gathered some of the finest young musicians around, and the results are pure magic. It is simply impossible not to love."
- Aoife O'Donovan
"It’s a surprisingly mature, impressively realized record that not only showcases exactly how the future of bluegrass-based, new acoustic-tinged music will play out, it shines a spotlight on a few of the exact pickers who will make that future happen."
- The Bluegrass Situation
"I love Julian’s inventive melodies and arrangements on this recording. He and his incredible cohorts have created a smooth and totally compelling soundscape. Great music!”
- Bruce Molsky
"Gorgeous tone, phrasing that harkens back to his roots in North Carolina that still carries a modern edge, technique that could play almost any style, and a gifted ear for crafting melodies that lay out beautifully not just on violin, but for the other players as well."
- Bluegrass Unlimited