“Mikhail Pochekin’s violin is broadly, brilliantly sonorous in the medium to loud dynamic range and balanced in all registers…with a virtuoso technique, disclosing all the tone colors of its diverse palette, but also with excellent musical expression…” (El Comercio, Spain)
Mikhail Pochekin is one of the most captivating violinists of his generation. He appears with many renowned orchestras including the Mariinsky Theater Symphony, the Russian National Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov”, the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra or the Lithuanian National Orchestra and worked together with conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Vassily Sinaisky, Yuri Simonov, Kevin Griffiths, Valentin Uryupin, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Dimitris Botinis, Mei-Ann Chen or Alexander Sladkovsky.
His concerts can be experienced in numerous renowned concert venues including the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall in Saint-Petersburg, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Great hall of Moscow State Conservatory, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, or the Gasteig in Munich. Also, he is a constant participant of the “Stars of the 21st Century” project organized by the Moscow Philharmonic Society.
Mikhail Pochekin won top prizes at the prestigious international competitions, including the Pablo Sarasate, the Rodolfo Lipizer, the Ruggiero Ricci and the Jascha Heifetz violin competitions. In 2008, he was awarded the Pablo Sarasate National Prize in Spain, following which he gave a concert playing on Antonio Stradivari’s famous “ex-Boissier”, which used to belong to Sarasate.
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 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. He has taken part in various masterclasses with Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff and Vadim Repin. His chamber music partners include Wen-Sinn Yang, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, Kian Soltani, Andrey Baranov, Yuri Favorin, and Alexander Ramm.
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 received highly enthusiastic critical acclaim:
“Duos for two violins resp. violin and viola from the first Wiener Schule and from Russia are elegantly and tastefully played by the Pochekin brothers.” (Pizzicato, 2018)
“A wonderful recording.“ (klassik.com, 2018)