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Name: Marat Bisengaliev
Skills: Soloist, Teacher
Phone: +44 (0)1226 766666
Fax: +44 (0)1226 766666
Address: United Kingdom
Links: Website     E-mail
Described recently by The Times as a “brilliant violin soloist”, Marat Bisengaliev has also been designated “a Latter-day Ysaye” by the American Journal Fanfare. The New York Times says that “He has taken to heart a style of playing that was a hallmark of violin virtuosity early in the century, and is only now coming back into favour after several decades in the shadow of a more drily rational style”. Born in Kazakhstan, USSR, in 1962 and making a startling debut at the age of nine, he later studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow with two of the legendary names in violintuition: Boris Belinki and Valery Klimov. Marat Bisengaliev was a prizewinner in 1988 at the Leipzig International Bach Competition, and in 1991 won first prize at the International Nicanor Zabaleta Competition in Spain, also receiving the special virtuoso prize for the most outstanding performance of the competition. In 2000, he received the Independent “Platinum Tarlan” Award and the Government “Medal of Honour” in Kazakhstan. A major recording contract was signed in 1991 with Naxos and Marco Polo for a series of recordings that includes Bisengaliev’s virtuoso recital repertoire and many major concertos. His recording of the Mendelssohn concertos with the Northern Sinfonia became Gramophone Critic’s Choice of the year in 1998. Fanfare nominated his recording of the concerto by the British composer Havergal Brian with the BBC Scottish S. O. “Elgar - Re-discovered works for violin - Vol. 1” (Black Box) was nominated for the 1999 “Gramophone Award”. The “Elgar - Re-discovered works for violin - Vol. 2 (Black Box) has been released to great critical acclaim and is one of five recordings recently highly recommended by Classic FM. In 1989 he founded the Kazakh Chamber Orchestra with whom he toured as a soloist throughout Europe. In 1991 he settled in England and has since performed with most of the major orchestras by making his concerto debut in England playing the Beethoven concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His performances are frequently broadcasted on radio and television throughout the world. Recent tours have taken him to Hong-Kong, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Poland, Germany, New Zealand and France including televised concerts. Marat Bisengaliev has given concerts in over 25 countries with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish, The Philharmonia, Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, English Northern Philharmonia and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland playing in some of the most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York),Wigmore Hall and Barbican (London), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Waterfront(Belfast), Sheffield City Hall and the ”Last Nights of the Proms” in Dublin and Leeds. Highlights for 2003-04 include concerts in New-Zealand, USA, Spain, Portugal, Norway, France, Israel, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Russia and the UK with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Israel Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra as well as an intensive schedule for Black Box including a Prokofiev CD and the Elgar concerto. Supported by Karachaganak (Gas-Oil), Marat Bisengaliev has recently founded the Uralsk Philharmonia and plan to tour throughout the world with them. In addition to his busy career as a virtuoso violinist, Marat is the founder and chairman of the Uralsk International Violin Competition.Taking place last January in Kazakhstan for the first time, this event will now be held annually due to its tremendous success.

Opulent, appealingly varied sound... gravity and passion... impressive fleetness and virtuosity. Mr. Bisengaliev plays this music with great flair... broad colouristic effects... exquisite delicacy and warmth. New York Times Reviews: Bisengaliev’s violin... Fiery... refined in its accomplishments... With affection and eloquence... he soars thrillingly above the stage and engages in fiery dialogue with the pianist Benjamin Frith. The Times Russian violinist Marat Bisengaliev gives a formidable performance. The Sunday Telegraph ...staggeringly well played by the profound Russian virtuoso, Marat Bisengaliev, a thrilling young artist... Musical Opinion Bisengaliev... plays breathtakingly well. CD Review Deeply moving... an astonishing level of virtuosity... compelling. Classic CD ... bravura excitement, warm, flowing tone and awesome ease of execution. Fanfare The violinist is certainly more than a virtuoso... he possesses a generous musical nature. Monde de la Musique ... astounding technique... pure joy to listen to, infectious temperament... Very original and idiomatic... direct and powerful. Fono Forum ... sensational player of intense musicality and tonal splendour. BBC Music Magazine I was pleased to find that Bisengaliev’s virtuosity matched that of his well-known recordings. Bisengaliev’s art constitutes a notable marriage of virtuosity, imagination and thoughtfulness and his playing is extraordinary sensitive and poetic. The Strad ... finest rich-toned string playing I have heard in years. Hi-Fi News ... jaw droppingly good... spectacular bravura... sensational wizardry... Violinist of great technical accomplishment and communicative warmth. Gramophone The sensuous lyricism of Bisengaliev’s Brahms is something I will long remember. Listener (New Zealand)



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