Sunday, February 19, 2023

Evgeny Bushkov

Evgeny Bushkov, Violinist and Conductor

_ Teaching Languages : English, Fernch, Italian, Russian
_ Teaching Period : July 8 (arrival) - 13 (departure)

Evgeny Bushkov was born in Moscow to a family of violinists. At the age of five he began studying his family instrument. Soon he entered the famous Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where his teachers were Zinaida Guilels, Leonid Kogan, and later Viktor Tretiakov. He also had the privilege of studying chamber music under the guidance of renowned musician Sergey Dizhur (former student of Heinrich Neuhaus).

Having graduated the school in 1986, he continued his studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the class of his mother Prof. Zoria Shikhmurzajeva (former student of the legendary Prof. Abram Yampolsky) and Prof. Alexander Vinnitsky, receiving his doctorate in 1993. During these years he became a laureate of four major international violin competitions: The Wieniawski in Poznan (1986, 1st prize), The Queen Elisabeth in Brussels (1989, 3rd prize), The Tchaikovsky in Moscow (1990, 2d prize) and the first Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award in Monte-Carlo (1992).

Mr. Bushkov led an extensive solo career throughout the following decade, performing in the most prestigious European concert venues, including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Philharmonic Hall and Schauspielhaus in Berlin, The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, and many others. 

He took part in well-known festivals around the globe as both a soloist and chamber musician where his partners were Boris Bloch, Boris Garlitsky, Leonid Gorokhov, Natalia Gutman, Alexey Lubimov, Benedetto Lupo, Boris Pergamentschikov and Stephen Prutsman, among others. Mr. Bushkov appeared with orchestras conducted by Wladimir Fedossejew, Erich Gerbel, Armin Jordan, Arnold Katz, Dmitry Kitajenko, Pavel Kogan, Jakov Kreizberg, Jan Latham-Koenig, Sir Charles Macckeras, Pinchas Steinberg, Martin Turnovsky and many others. 

He has released several CDs on the “Harmonia Mundi,” “Valois-Auvidis,” and “Discover-Koch” labels. In 1999, due to a sudden development of focal dystonia on his left-hand, Mr. Bushkov stopped playing and dedicated himself to conducting and violin pedagogy.

The same year Mr. Bushkov joined the String Department faculty and the Historic and Contemporary music performance department at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he continued to teach until spring 2022. From 2019 to 2022 he also served as the String Department Chair at the Moscow Central Music school of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Prof. Bushkov’s students continue winning international competitions and awards, became members of leading Russian orchestras. He has given masterclasses worldwide, including institutions such as the Luxeuil Festival in France, the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, USA, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of North Texas, the Stellenbosch Music Festival in South Africa, the National Center of Performing Arts NCPA in Mumbai, India, the “Keshet Eilon” Mastercourses in Israel and Talent Music Mastercourses in Brescia, Italy.

At present he serves as a violin faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.