Virtuoso Alex Markov to give a classical and a rock violin performance May 16th at 2:00 at the Florentine School of Music
Violin virtuoso Alexander Markov has been performing on the world’s great stages since he was 8 years old, made his Carnegie Hall debut at 16 (he returns to Carnegie’s main stage on June 5, and again in late September) and has appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras and conductors.
Never forgetting his own youthful enthusiasm for both classical and rock music, when he returns home from his packed touring schedule Alex always makes time to visit area schools. Knowing that classical music suffers from a lack of young audiences, with both a classical violin and his one-of-a-kind gold-plated six-string electric violin and amps in tow, he performs for young audiences, determined to cultivate the next generation of music appreciators.
In the space of an hour, Alex gives both a classical and an electrifying rock performance followed by an always animated Q and A, effectively bridging the gap between classical and contemporary musical genres.
His artistry is inspiring, his virtuosity on both violins enthralling. The kids go nuts and Alex has the time of his life. Please take a moment to look at the links below to get a sense of his talent. We hope that you will want to attend this performance at Florentine School of Music. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me if I can supply any additional information or arrange a meeting for you and Alex.
Three links to introduce you to Alex and his artistry:
Link 1. His earlier video of the Paganini Caprice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ307sM0t-0
He was a Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well.
Link 2. Concert highlights/interview featuring both the "gold" electric violin and classical violin (new) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPPEYRskukg
Link 3. Classical meets Rock "Excerpt": (new) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtLwEOTGNok
Don’t hesitate to contact me for any additional materials you might need or to arrange to join us at one of these gatherings.
BIO: ALEXANDER MARKOV, VIOLINIST
Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the worlds’ most captivating and versatile musicians. Whether performing as a soloist with prestigious orchestras at major concert halls around the world or playing his golden electric violin at an NBA game in a sports arena in front of 25,000 fans, Alexander Markov always connects with his audience.
Lord Yehudi Menuhin wrote, “He is without doubt one of the most brilliant and musical of violinists…Alexander Markov will certainly leave his mark on the music lovers of the world and in the annals of the violin virtuosi of our day.”
Awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1987, Markov made his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1983. A Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, he has appeared as a soloist with some of the world's most celebrated orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Montreal Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Markov has performed with conductors including Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Franz Welser-Möst and Ivan Fischer, and has shared stages with Martha Argerich and other luminaries.
In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall with conductor Matthew Savery, Markov will be performing with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico in the coming months.
Alexander Markov has established a second-to-none reputation in the 19th-century romantic virtuoso repertoire. One of the few violinists in the world who performs the entire set of the 24 Paganini Caprices in a single recital, he is featured in the internationally acclaimed film about great violinists, “The Art of Violin,” directed by the legendary film director Bruno Monsaingeon. His CD release and the video of the 24 Paganini Caprices, distributed worldwide by Warner Classics International, caused a sensation and became a best-seller.
In 2006, Warner released the long-awaited DVD of the 24 Paganini Caprices and it instantly became one of the best-selling classical DVD’s on Amazon. Many Caprices were posted by fans around the world on YouTube and clips have as many as two million hits.
Alexander Markov's musical journey goes far beyond his work as a classical violin soloist. While attending high school in Rowyaton, CT he discovered and fell in love with rock music – a love affair that merged with his first love, classical music, when he composed The Rock Concerto in collaboration with James V. Remington, who also custom-designed Markov’s gold, 6-string electric violin. The new, patented electric violin is one-of-a-kind in the world and has a unique sound capable of creating the most extreme contrasts from the soft and sweet to the most powerful and dramatic.
Markov is dedicated to introducing his music to young audiences, bridging the gap between rock and classical, and capturing the imaginations of youngsters who would not otherwise go to a symphony. The New York debut of his Rock Concerto was held at Carnegie Hall and sold out weeks in advance.
Alexander Markov was born in Moscow and studied violin with his father, concert violinist Albert Markov. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and in double concertos with his father. The father and son team still perform together in duo-program repertoire in concert halls worldwide. Markov emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and received his United States citizenship in 1982.