Mikhail Pochekin BiographyMikhail Pochekin is one of the most captivating violinists of his generation. He appears with many orchestras including Mariinsky Theater Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Russian State Academic Symphony “Evgeny Svetlanov”, Lithuanian National Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, Russian National Philharmonic, Montenegro Symphony, Tatarstan State Philharmonic, having already made debuts in prestigious concert venues, such as Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall in Saint-Petersburg, Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, Philharmonie Gasteig in Munich, Tschaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Palau de la Musica in Valencia. Mikhail is a constant participant of the “Stars of the 21st Century” project organized by the Moscow Philharmonic Society.
He has worked with numerous conductors, including Aleksandr Sladkovsky, Kevin Griffiths, Yuri Simonov, Bojan Sudjic, Roberto Fores Veses, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Mikhail Agrest, Dimitris Botinis, Heinz Holliger, Valentin Uryupin to name a few.
The musician won top prizes at the prestigious international competitions, including the Pablo Sarasate, the Rodolfo Lipizer, the Andrea Postacchini and the Jascha Heifetz violin competitions. In 2008, he was awarded the Pablo Sarasate National Prizein Spain, following which he gave a concert playing on the famous “Ex Boissier” violin made by the great master Antonio Stradivari, which used to belong to Pablo Sarasate.
In his young years, Mikhail Pochekin wonderfully mastered the technique of violin playing. His violin is broadly, brilliantly sonorous in the medium to loud dynamic range and balanced in all registers… Pablo Sarasate’s music is performed by Pochekin not only with a virtuoso technique, disclosing all the tone colors of its diverse palette, but also with excellent musical expression…
(El Comercio, Spain) Mikhail Pochekin was born in 1990 to a family of musicians: his father is a well-known violin maker, and his mother teaches violin. He began studying the violin at the age of five with Galina Turchaninova and continued his studies with such Professors as Viktor Tretiakov, Ana Chumachenco and Rainer Schmidt, at the music academies of Cologne and Munich, and also at Mozarteum Universityin Salzburg.
In 2014-2015 Mikhail was a recipient of a scholarship of PE-Förderungen Foundation (Mannheim, Germany) The young violinist is a welcomed guest at music festivals such as Kronberg Academy Festival, Aleksandr Sladkovskys “Creative opening” in Kazan, “Mozart days” in Istanbul, Boris Berezovskys Festival “Music of the Earth” in Moscow.
His chamber music partners have included Wen-Sinn Yang, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, Eliane Rodrigues, Ana Chumachenco, Kian Soltani, Andrey Baranov, Yuri Favorin.
Special mention should be made of his duet with his brother, violinist Ivan Pochekin. Mikhail plays Francesco Gobetti’s violin (Venecia, ca.1720), courtesy of Albert Eckstein Stiftung Fund (Ulm, Germany)