Michael Bochmann to perform Beethoven Violin Concerto with Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at 7.30pm
Venue: Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School
Brought up in Turkey and England, Michael Bochmann has been well known in British musical life for several decades.
He has performed in the USA, all over Europe and in India. While still a student Michael was a finalist and winner of the British Prize in the 1972 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. A year later, he was a prizewinner in the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris. At only 19, he made his first solo broadcasts for the BBC.
During his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London he was a pupil of the famous teacher Frederick Grinke. Later he received lessons from Sándor Végh and Henryk Szeryng. In February 1990 Michael partnered Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the Bach Double Violin Concerto in a most successful tour of 16 concerts throughout the USA and Canada.
His appearances as a soloist throughout Britain have taken him to major concert venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and St. James's Palace, London; Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester Cathedrals; Tewkesbury Abbey in the Three Choirs Festival; Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
He frequently directs the English String Orchestra and has performed as soloist with them many times in the UK and abroad. His recording of “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams with the ESO on the Nimbus label has been broadcast many times on Radio 3 and Classic FM. He formed the Bochmann Quartet in 1977 with which he made over 50 broadcasts within their first 10 years. He has an immensely successful duo partnership with the harpist, David Watkins. Their recent CD ‘Sacred and Profane” is a favourite on Classic FM. Michael performs with several pianists, most recently making a recording of short pieces “Rondino I” with Michael Blackmore.
He is very active as a teacher and is a professor of violin and chamber music at Trinity College of Music in London. He also gives private lessons, master classes and residential courses at his home in Gloucestershire. He recently he visited Portugal, Turkey, Mexico and Germany to teach and play. This season he is performing in France, Italy and S. Africa.