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visuel_6106 This programme is the result of a passion for the violin, its ardent, vigorous song, its radiance tinged with gentle melancholy. Those are the qualities that Marc Bouchkov found in it from his earliest years before giving his first public concert at the age of six. Then came long years of study that culminated in several prestigious international prizes. He is an award-winner of the Juventus Foundation and has already appeared in concert with major European orchestras. His equally brilliant partner Georgiy Dubko is well established in an international solo and chamber career.

The harmonia#nova series is conceived to offer young artists singled out for their exceptional talents a technical, editorial and promotional showcase that lives up to the high standards of harmonia mundi’s classical productions. While those standards remain identical across a very wide range of repertories, the recording philosophy governing this series is rather different, since it is produced above all by the musicians themselves.

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NZZ: An exceptional Talent!

Marc played the Sibelius concerto under the direction of Lionel Bringuier with Tonhalle-Orchester in Zurich. Both, Bachtrack and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung published reviews about the concert:

The violinist plays with soft articulations, expressive dynamics and agigics. Also his vibrato was expressive: harmonious and not nervous. Bouchkov knew how to emphasize hidden refracted harmony lines but never played on its own but lived in harmony with the orchestra, expressed especially in the dialogues with the vioals and cellos. The focus was not on elegance or technical brilliance but on expressivity and musicality. Bouchkov started carefully and deliberately, nothing was trivial.
Please read the full review here: www.bachtrack.com

“Im Violinkonzert von Jean Sibelius spielt Marc Bouchkov noch intensiver mit dem Orchester – und nicht etwa umgekehrt. Er nimmt sich rhapsodische Freiheiten, tritt in feine Dialoge mit der Solobratsche, und gönnt den zahlreichen Doppelgriffpassagen eine paganinihafte Stehgeiger-Freiheit und -Sinnlichkeit, die den Kern dieser Musik trifft. Berührend tiefsinnig der langsame Mittelsatz, von wilder Lustigkeit das Finale – ohne Frage: ein überragendes Talent!” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Christian Wildhagen)

“Salon Paris” at Potsdam

Together with other musicians like Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet) and pianist Lucas Blondeel, Marc played in a concert dedicated to Erik Satie on his 150th anniversary. Peter Buske published a review on the website www.festspielkritik.de.

Marc to receive 2016 Rheingau Festival award

Marc has been awarded the 2016 Rheingau Music Festival prize, worth €15,000. He will receive the award on 26 July during a winners’ concert at Schloss Johannisberg, near Frankfurt. In its citation, the Festival jury stated:
‘When one hears Marc Bouchkov playing one of the great Romantic violin concertos, one recalls the golden age of the violin virtuoso, in the tradition of Jascha Heifetz, Leonid Kogan and David Oistrakh.’ It also praised Bouchkov’s ‘seductive, espressivo sense of sound, coupled with flawless technique’, describing him as ‘both a modern and versatile player with an individual artistic personality’.

With temper and a sense of style

Marc received a fantastic review for his performance of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal:

Highlight, gleam and center is the performance of Marc Bouchkov in Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto. Completely unimpressed by the degree of difficulty of his part he presents the great and beatuiful idea with focus on the full context. The way he wxploits the big sound of his wonderful violin (Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, 1865) with great temper, a confident sense of style in every nuance, highly virtuoso and musically is just outstanding. His ravishing presentation leaves us perfectly happy. The applause for him did not stop. Der brausende Applaus für ihn ist an diesem Abend nicht zu toppen. He played Bach as an encore. He is able to play that, too. Das kann er auch. You could have heard the pin drop.

Read the full review here www.derwesten.de

Star of the evening

The newspaper Rhein Main Presse published a review of the concert of November 13th with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz written by Frank Wittmer:

“During the violin concerto Marc Bouchkov proved to be the star of the evening: a virtuoso who does not need to fish for effects or bet on narcissistic glitter. He plays with passion and combines musical energy with expressive gravity which leads to an unbelievable intensity of the interpretation. He pushes ahead freely and confidently with impetuous drive; he urges the orchestra to follow and spurs the musicians on to new hights.”

“Fantastic musicians” on Austrian radio

Marc played an acclaimed concert at the Schubertiade Hohenems together with the cellist Kian Soltani and other renowned musicians.  Silvia Thurner from the Zeitung für Kultur und Gesellschaft writes:

“From the very first note the playful joy in the musical interpretation of Petrit Ceku (guitar), Marc Bouchkov (violin), Chatharina Chen (violin), Adrien Boisseau (viola), Timothy Ridout (viola), Kian Soltani (cello) and Laurène Durantel (double bass) could be noticed. Furthermore, the combination of the repertoire made this evening a concertof the superlative.”

Please read the full review here (in German).

The concert will be broadcasted on Ö1 on September 20th, 2015 at 7.30 pm. You can listen to Ö1 online here.

“What a dashing talent he is.”

Nancy Snipper writes an enthusiastic review to the concert with the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal on May 5th. You can read it here.

Review on Deutschlandfunk

The nationwide radio station Deutschlandfunk broadcasted a feature on the premiere of b.23 at the Opera in Düsseldorf where Marc played the Brahms violin concerto during the ballet “Rättika” by Mats Ek. They said about his playing:

“As the soloist Marc Bouchkov elicits an unbelievable sweetness and an tenderness in the intensity from his instrument.”

Read the whole review here: Website Deutschlandfunk.

Marc plays Brahms with the ballet Rättika by Mats Ek at Dusseldorf

“With Mats Ek not only the narrative ballets but also the more abstract pieces are always little stories, which present life before our eyes as it really is – choreographic images with their Nordic starkness and archaic power located between dream and reality which continue to occupy us long after the evening in the theatre is over”, wrote Swedish dance and theatre critic Margareta Sörenson about Mats Ek who, along with John Neumeier and Jiří Kylián, is regarded as one of the leading choreographers of his generation. This is particularly true of his choreography “Rättika”, with which he once again entrusts the Ballett am Rhein with his work following “Aluminium” in 2010.

In “Rättika” – in English “radish” – originally created for the Royal Swedish Ballet, Mats Ek analyses with his own fatalistic humour and individual extravagance what belongs on stage in ballet and what does not: not only giant surreal radishes hover in the sky over the stage. He also rejects the hierarchy of classical ballet with a prima ballerina in the foreground and a decorative corps de ballet. The dancers move in ensembles in apparently everyday ways, they seem fragile, although their movements could hardly be more connected to the earth. Individuals escape from the group – a man in a suit of newspaper, a woman in a cow print dress – and pick up on the recurring theme which runs through all of Mats Ek’s ballets: his multi-facetted, masterfully compact narration of relationships between people who attempt to control life as much as they can.

Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recording of Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major inspired Mats Ek to set the music in 2008. In Düsseldorf this great romantic concerto will be performed by Marc Bouchkov.

The premiere will be on March 13th. Apart from Rättika, two more ballets will be shown on this evening  which is entitled b.23 in the Opernhaus Dusseldorf: Symphonie g-Moll (Uraufführung) by Martin Schläpfer and … ADÓNDE VAS, SIGUIRIYA? by Brigitta Luisa Merki. More information: http://operamrhein.de

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra invites Marc to the series “Essentials”

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra revealed today the name of the soloist for the next concert in the series “Essentials”: Marc Bouchkov! On Dec 20th he will play Camille Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et Rondo capriccioso under the direction of Mariss Jansons.

Radio feature on NDR concert “stage of the young”

The NDR broadcasted a portrait on Marc, Alexander Prior and Kian Soltani when they appeared in the concert series “tage of the young” on November 7th, 2014 in Hamburg. Marc played the violin concerto by Sibelius. The feature can be read and listened to here: Website NDR

Marc’s appearance at Montpellier in a feature on Culturebox

The French page Culturebox published a nice feature on Marc’s appearance at the Radio France Festival at Montpellier. You can watch it here,

“Enchanting words and sounds” – Review of the concert at Marienmünster

“A violinist who has what it takes to be a star” writes Christine Longère on nw-news.de after the concert at the Festival “Wege durchs Land”. You can read the whole review here.

“a breathtaking musicality”

Jacqueline Vanasse published a nice article on Marc in her blog on the website www.violinist.com. You can read it here.

Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte

Marc performs piano trios by Tchaikovsky and Schubert at this year’s festival Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte. A bus shuttle takes the audience from Berlin to the venue at the Church of St. Mary in Neuzelle.

Vasks with the Riga Sinfonietta

At the Festival “Wege durchs Land”, Marc Bouchkov will play for the first time together with the renowned Latvian orchestra Riga Sinfonietta. They play two pieces by Peteris Vasks at the Abbey Marienmünster close to Bielefeld: Vox Amoris and Tala geisma, both without conductor. Marc Bouchkov will perform both as leader and soloist. The concert will be enriched by lectures with the German actress Martina Gedeck and the Lithuanian author Jonas Mekas.