Mentor Chair | Violine
Belgian-Russian violinist Marc Bouchkov was born in 1991 and had his first violin lessons with his grandfather Matis Vaitsner at the age of five. In 2001 he was admitted to Claire Bernard’s class at the Lyon Conservatory and transferred to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Boris Garlitsky in 2007. From 2014 to 2017 Marc Bouchkov studied at the Kronberg Academy with Mihaela Martin, and these studies were funded by the Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff Stipendium.
Marc Bouchkov has already won many internationally acclaimed prizes and awards. He won first prize in the Henri Koch International Violin Competition (2008), the Young Concert Artists European Auditions (2010) and the Montreal International Musical Competition (2013). After being awarded the Edel promotional prize in 2011, the following year he was awarded a Diploma in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
2016 he received the “Lotto-Förderpreis” of the Rheingau Musik Festival.
As a concert artist, the young musician has enjoyed a rapidly growing and widely acclaimed career. Highlights of the 2016/2017 season included concerts with the hr Sinfonieorchester and Christoph Eschenbach, the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI in Turin under the baton of Andrey Boreyko.
Marc Bouchkov has performed with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Belgian National Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie. He played Brahms Violin Concerto with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker for a ballet production of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In 2014, upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Marc Bouchkov performed the inaugural concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s „Essentials“ series.
As a keen chamber musician, Marc Bouchkov receives invitations to Hamburg, Montpellier, Zurich, Colmar, St. Petersburg and Montreal as well as to festivals like the Heidelberger Frühling and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. In October 2016 he gave his debut at Wigmore Hall London where he was awarded with the London Music Masters award.
The season 2017/18 began for Marc Bouchkov with the release of his first album with works by Ysaye, Chausson and himself, which was produced as part of the new harmonia#nova series by harmonia mundi and, in November 2017, was awarded a Diapason Découverte and nominated for the ICMA 2018; in January 2018, Gramophone featured him as „One to Watch“ together with a glorious review of his album.
Higlights of the 2018/19 season include collaborations with the Münchner Symphoniker and Hamburger Symphoniker, both with Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto as well as recitals and concerts at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Maison de Radio France in Paris, and the Konzerthaus in Berlin.
Since October 2017 he has been holding a position as Artistic Training Assistant at the Kronberg Academy Study Programmes.
Photo: Nikolaj Lund