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Mikhail Pochekin is one of the most distinguished violinists of his generation.
His expressive and bright artistic charisma helped him to earn the love of the audience and has been recognized by international critics and many of the world’s finest orchestras. So in recent years he has had the privilege of performing, among others, with the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the State symphony orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov", Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra or Ural Philharmonic.
Mikhail has appeared at numerous venues worldwide. Solo performances have taken him several times to the renowned festivals and concert halls such as the Mariinski Theater Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, Fundación Juan March in Madrid, Kronberg Academy Festival, the Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, the Column Hall of Kyiv Philharmonic, Festival Schubertiada de Vilabertrán, Grosser Saal der Stiftung Mozarteum, The Concordia International Festival of Contemporary Music named after Sofia Gubaidulina, Cultural Center "Gasteig" in Munich or Festival «Tchaikovsky Homeland».
He has collaborated with conductors including Vasily Sinaisky, Heinz Holliger, Bojan Sudjic, Yuri Simonov, Ilmar Lapinsch, Kevin Griffiths, Valery Poliansky, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Dimitris Botinis, Mei-Ann Chen, Alexander Sladkovsky, Dmitry Matvienko, Mikhail Agrest, Gavriel Heine, Valentin Uryupin or Sebastian Tewinkel.
Mikhail is a passionate and committed chamber musician who performs frequently with artists like Wen-Sinn Yang, Kian Soltani, Benedict Klöckner, Alexander Ramm, Petrit Çeku, Rainer Schmidt, Ana Chumachenco, Kiveli Doerken, Gabriel Schwabe, Peter Laul, Yuri Favorin or Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev.
Special mention should be made of his duet with his brother, violinist and violist Ivan Pochekin. In 2018, label Melodiya released their debut album entitled “The Unity of Opposites”, which included works for two violins as well as for violin and viola.
And in 2019, the german label Solo Musica released the album "6 Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006" for violin solo by J.S. Bach.
The album has been highly praised by the international press – among others by “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (reviews by Harald Eggebrecht and Reinhard Brembeck) and The Strad (recommendation and review by Julian Haylock)
Mikhail was born to a musical family: his father is a violin maker, his mother is a violin teacher, and his older brother is a violinist and violist. Thus, the sounds of the violin accompanied Mikhail from his early childhood.
He received his first lesson from G.S. Turchaninova at the age of five and continued his studies with Ana Chumachenco, Viktor Tretiakov and Rainer Schmidt, at the music academies of Cologne, Munich and Basel, the “Reina Sofia” school of music in Madrid and also at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Great artistic influence on him had the masterclasses and lessons with Christian Tetzlaff.
Already at a young age, he won the prizes of prestigious international competitions, among them Premio Rodolfo Lipizer, Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition, Concorso Ruggiero Ricci, or Jasha Heifetz International Violin Competition.
In 2008, he was awarded the Pablo Sarasate National Prize in Spain, after which he received an invitation from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid to give a concert on the famous violin by Antonio Stradivarius "Ex Boissier", which once belonged to the famous spanish violinist.
Mikhail also devotes himself to pedagogical activity. He leads master classes worldwide, and since 2022 he has been Professor of Violin at the Conservatory "Forum Musikae" in Madrid.