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・Chaconne, Op. 3a (Version for 2 violins)
・Chaconne, Op. 3b (Version for violin and viola)
Chaconne written in the memory of Stefano Remizov
Stefano was someone that I met in the years when I was going regularly to Moscow. We became close and started to meet on regular basis, enough to start exchanging our impressions about music, or metaphysics, or literature, or even biology in which Stefano was extremely advanced. For someone who wasn’t a professional classical musician Stefano always fascinated me by his knowledge and understanding of the music of Bach. We spend quite sometime talking about the Chaconne from the D minor partita by Bach, it was one of his favorite pieces. Stefano played the electric bass, and was a skilled rock player. We recorded for fun a rock song together with our common friend (and my student) Alexey Stychkin. Shortly after the 2017 summer, Stefano left us in a terrible accident at the age of 23. Not having any words to share with his family after that, I closed myself home with the only idea to write something that would correspond the best to what energy Stefano left us. I was thinking to write something for solo violin, that’s why the beginning of the piece could be played by violin solo, but I realized very quickly that I would love to play with Alexey together for the memory of Stefano. The piece is combining the rhythm of the “Chaconne”, a lyrical part introducing the theme of the piece, illustrating the beauty of Stefano’s personality, a variation with chords and easy contrapuntal schemes. The last episode has the energy of the rock song we composed together. The piece ends with the “Chaconne” element, the end transcribes how I believe his soul left us to the upper heavens. He had the light in him.
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.