This article can be switched to the following languages: 日本語
Preface by Marc Bouchkov
The idea of writing my very first piece came from one my first impresarios Carlo Schreiber, who wanted me to present something special at his own concert series in Antwerpen.
It was a very hard step to take, because I never considered myself as composer, neither did I have the courage to sit and write something from the beginning to the end.
I knew I’m gonna play this piece with my fellow colleague and great musician Georgiy Dubko. Apart from being a specialist of lyrical and dramatic Classical repertoire, Georgiy has an incredibly developed skill for improvisation, that’s why the middle section of Facets has an improvised “Cadenza” where we both improvised on stage on the written harmonic structure.
For a more cinematic and colorful impression, we asked to have a microphone with a lot of reverberation effect on stage, one can move towards it during the improvisation.
I chose the name “Facets” to illustrate the different aspects of my culture and personality. Born and raised in France, with Russian-Ukrainian education and of course my Jewish origins.
Belgian violinist of Russian-Ukrainian heritage, Mr. Bouchkov is a sophisticated musician and has carved an international career performing with leading orchestras and conductors across Europe.
His orchestral appearances include performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, HR-Sinfonieorchester and Christoph Eschenbach, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Philippe Jordan. He has also appeared with the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra, and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra among others, collaborating with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Dmitry Liss, Lionel Bringuier, to name but a few.
As an active recitalist, Mr. Bouchkov has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Concert Hall of St. Petersburg, Tonhalle Zürich and the Konzerthaus in Berlin among several other venues. Since 2019, Marc is a regular guest of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
Marc Bouchkov won the first prize at the Montreal International Violin Competition and he is a Second prize of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition.
Marc Bouchkov was born into a family of violinists. He received his first lessons from his grandfather. Studies with Claire Bernard and Boris Garlitsky followed. With Mihaela Martin, Marc developed as a Young Soloist in a postgraduate course at the Kronberg Academy. Since October 2018 he is under the musical tutorship of Eduard Wulfson. Mr. Bouchkov currently serves as professor on the faculty of the Conservatoire Royale de Liège (BE) and the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein.
Marc Bouchkov plays a Carlo and Michelangelo Bergonzi violin from 1742-44 as a private loan on behalf of Edwulstrad RMIC Ltd.