A recipient of the 2008 Presser Music Award, Mr. Pellicano was funded to visit several major orchestras in Europe and the United States, observing rehearsals and concerts of world-renowned conductors Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, David Robertson, John Adams and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has conducted in masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Peter Eötvös, Zsolt Nagy, Martyn Brabbins, Carl St. Clair, L’Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Julian Pellicano holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, the Peabody Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. He received his MM in conducting from the Yale School of Music studying with Shinik Hahm. At Yale he also received an MM in percussion as a student of Robert van Sice and was a member of the critically acclaimed Yale Percussion Group. Other principal conducting teachers have included Dr. Harlan Parker and Per Andersberg. In addition to the Presser Music Award, he has been recognized with two stipends from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and Yale’s Phillip F. Nelson Award.