The most experienced was EFO Violinist Sergej Bolkhovets, who made a blazing case for the Third’s tricky finale
- The Arts Desk (Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 3, Estonian Festival Orchestra / Järvi Conducting Academy, 13 August 2018) -
Sergej Bolkhovets is an ascending young conductor with an already extensive international career as a violinist. He was awarded with the position of Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2016-2018.
In the 2018-19 season he debuts with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester and acts as Assistant Conductor at State Opera of Plovdiv for productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Otello, Aida, Falstaff, La forza del destino and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. In the 2019-20 season he will hold the prestigious Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where he will act as assistant to their Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard.
In the 2017-18 season he had his conducting debut with the Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. He also returned to work with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Dalasinfoniettan. He finished the season as Assistant Conductor on Verdi´s Don Carlo at the Daegu International Music Festival in Korea.
Mr. Bolkhovets has also conducted the 10/10Ensemble, Jenaer Philharmoniker, Västerås Sinfonietta, Norrbotten “NEO” and “KammarensembleN”. He was also the Assistant Conductor for Händel’s Theodora and Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Royal Northern College of Music during his time as Junior Fellow.
He has also assisted leading conductors at the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester (Juanjo Mena, Nicholas Collon), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko, Cristian Mandeal) as well as the Hallé Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder) and at the Verbier Festival 2018 (Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Alain Altinoglu).
Sergej Bolkhovets has conducted concerts with soloists such as British cellist Hannah Roberts (Solo Cellist of the Manchester Camerata) in the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Norbert Anger (Principal Cellist of the Dresden Staatskapelle) in the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Marburg University Symphony Orchestra, Avan Yu (winner of the Silver Medal at Santander International Piano Competition and Gold Medal at the Sydney International Piano Competition) in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Berlin Schöneberg Symphony Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie.
In addition to the Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the RNCM in Manchester, Mr. Bolkhovets studied conducting at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar with Markus Frank and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Prof. B. Tommy Andersson. He has also participated in masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Paavo Järvi, Neemi Järvi, Leonid Grin, Peter Rundel, Jac van Steen, Timothy Reynish and Kenneth Kiesler.
In his career as a violinist, Sergej Bolkhovets started playing in the Berlin Philharmonic already at the age of 22, prior his graduation from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he studied with Prof. Ulf Wallin and in the post-graduate programme with Prof. Tabea Zimmermann. He also studied violin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in a post-graduate soloist diploma programme with Joakim Svenheden.
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I have seen Bolkhovets a few times now and really admire his style and control, and he is lovely to watch too, as he immerses himself in the music he is playing but never letting it overtake him, keeping a firm and masterful grip on the players in front of him.
Manchester Salon (The Hallé Orchestra, January 2018)
The assured conducting by Sergej Bolkovets of the tremendous orchestra sweeps us along through the story.
Streetwise Opera (Massenet’s Cendrillon, RNCM Manchester, December 2017)
The piece (‚Les Offrandes Oubliees‘ [The Forgotten Offerings] by Olivier Messiaen) was conducted by Sergej Bolkhovets, who controlled the orchestra with accustomed skill, highly confident and masterful, the pauses in this piece was excellently observed. A delight to watch.
- Manchester Salon (RNCM Symphony Orchestra, RNCM Manchester, November 2017) -
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