Michael Bulychev-Okser: Piano

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Hailed by New York Times as “enticing and brilliant”, Michael has performed thousands of solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts. He’s performed recitals on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), La Salle Pleyel (Paris), Wigmore Hall (London), Heichal Hatarbut (Tel Aviv), The Saal Palace (Alexandria), IBK Concert Hall (Seoul) and Centermex Theater (Monterrey), and collaborated with conductors including Kynan Johns, Dmitri Yablonsky and Robert Lehrbaumer. He also has an extensive discography and a forthcoming release with Odradek Records.

21/22 highlights include orchestral engagements with Shlomo Mintz, a lecture-recital at Raritan Valley College (USA), performances in Tiggiano Conservatory (Italy), EugeneOn Classics Festival (South Korea) and Almería Philharmonic (Spain), and an engagement with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia (Spain).

Michael is currently accepting recital, chamber and concerto engagements. Get in touch to discuss a booking.

WATCH & LISTEN

Rachmaninov – Floods Of Spring
Chopin – Etudes Op. 10, Nos 5 and 8
Ginastera – 5 American Preludes
Liszt-Bulow – Dante Sonette
Arensky – By The Fountain
Schuman – Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47, I movement. With the Saint-Petersburg String Quartet.
Khachaturian – Piano Concerto, 1st movement. With the Manhattan Symphony and Jonathan Strasser.

repertoire

Solo programmes

American Standard
Bolcom – Nine New Bagatelles
Copland – Piano Sonata
Barber – Piano Sonata Op. 51
Nancarrow – Prelude and Blues

Art of Piano Transcriptions
Bach-Busoni – Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
Bach-Godowsky – Fugue & Presto – Violin Sonata
Bulow-Liszt – Dante’s Sonett
Glinka-Balakirev – L’Alouette
Arensky-Siloti – Fountain of Bakhchisaray
Rachmaninov-Kreisler – Liebestod
Rachmaninov-Wild – Vocalise
Brahms-Schutt – Wiegenlied
Alyabyev-Liszt – Le Rossignol
Gershwin-Wild – Somebody loves me
The Man I Love
Rachmaninov-Wild – Floods of Spring

The Beethoven Challenge
Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 “Pathetique”
Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight”
Sonata No. 29, Op. 101, “Das Hammerklavier”

The Roaring 1920s
Poulenc – Promenades
Bartok – Out of doors (Szabadban)
Busoni – Prélude et étude en arpèges, BV 297
Schoenberg – Five Piano Pieces, Op. 23
Shostakovich – Aphorisms, Op. 13

Milestone Cycles
Bach – Goldberg Variations, BVW 988
Schumann – Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Scriabin – 12 Etudes, Op. 12

Redefining virtuosity
Clementi – 8 virtuoso etudes from Gradus ad Parnassum
Czerny – Selected virtuoso studies from Op. 399, 740, 553.
Moszkowski – Selected etudes from Op. 72
-Intermission-
Mendelssohn – Bartholdi – Etude, Op. 104
Chopin – Selected Etudes from Op. 10 and Op. 25
Liszt – “Feux Follets” and F-minor – 2 etudes from 12 Études d’exécution transcendante, S. 139
Liszt – Gnomen Reigen
Alkan – Etude Le chemin de fer, Op. 27
Ligeti – L’escalier du diable

La fiesta international
Soler – 3 Sonatas
Albéniz – Malagueña from Espana, Op.165
Malagueña – Rumores de la Caleta
Leyenda from Asturias
Granados – “El amore y la muerte” – from Goyeskas
-Intermission-
Ginastera – Doce Preludios Americanos, Op.12
Mompou – Música callada – selections
Villa-Lobos – Four Piano Pieces (1949)
Rollon – 3 National Dances
Ravel – Alborada del gracioso from “Miroirs”

The World of Toccatas
Frescobaldi – Toccata in G (Book 2)
J.S. Bach – Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910
Liszt – Toccata, S. 197
Schumann – Toccata in C, Op. 7
-Intermission-
Prokofiev – Toccata in d, Op. 11
Khachaturian – Toccata
Lasser – Still Life in Toccata style
Kapustin – 2 Toccatinas – Op. 36, Op. 40
Kissin – Toccata from Four Piano Pieces, Op. 1

Concertos

J.S. Bach – Piano concerto in f minor, BMW, 1056; Piano concerto in d minor, BMW, 1052
Barber – Piano Concerto Op. 38
Bartok – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1, SZ 83; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3
Beethoven – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in C major op.15; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in B flat major op.19; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.3 in C minor op.37; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.4 in G major op.58; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.5 in E flat major op.73 “Emperor”
Brahms – No.1 in D minor op.15; No.2 in B flat major op.83
Bulychev-Okser – Concerto in American style
Carter – Piano Concerto
Chopin – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in E minor op.11; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in F minor op.21
Gershwin – Concerto in F; Rhapsodie in blue
Grieg – Concerto in a minor
Gubajdulina – Piano Concerto
Haydn – Concerto in D major
Khachaturian – Concerto in D flat major
Kirchner – Piano Concerto
Ligeti – Piano Concerto
Liszt – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat major S.124; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major S.125; Totentanz
Lutoslawski – Piano Concerto
Mendelssohn – Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25; Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Messiaen – Piano Concerto “Des Canyons des Etoiles”
Mozart – All 27 Concerti
Prokofiev – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D-flat major Op. 10; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor Op. 16; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C major Op. 26; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in B-flat major Op. 53 (Left hand); Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in G major Op. 55
Rachmaninov – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1 (revised); Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in C minor Op. 18; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor Op. 30; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in g minor Op. 40; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Ravel – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major; Concerto for the Left Hand in G
Saint-Saens – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D major, Op. 17; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor Op. 22; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in E flat major Op. 29; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in C minor Op. 44; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in F major Op. 103 “Egyptique”
Schnitke – Piano Concerto
Schumann – Piano concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 35 (solo with trumpet)
Stravinsky – Movements
Szymanowski – Symphony-Concertante No. 4
Tchaikovsky – Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor; Concerto No. 2 in G major
Villa-Lobos – Concerto No. 1

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biography

Hailed by New York Times as “enticing and brilliant”, Michael Bulychev-Okser is one of the most thought-after pianists of his generation. Following his acclaimed debut with Manhattan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jonathan Strasser, Michael has performed thousands of solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts, collaborating with conductors including Kynan Johns, Dmitri Yablonsky, and Robert Lehrbaumer.

Critics praise Michael’s “imaginative and intelligent style” (David Dubal), “Ellegance and grace the piano is destined to produce” (Cosmo Buono), and “Sheer poetry and panoramic vision” (Las Provincias, Valencia).

Bulychev-Okser’s extensive piano career has showcased him in solo recitals on the world’s most prestigious stages: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), La Salle Pleyel (Paris), Wigmore Hall (London), Heichal Hatarbut (Tel Aviv), The Saal Palace (Alexandria), IBK Concert hall (Seoul), and Centermex Theater (Monterrey).

Bulychev-Okser’s discography includes recordings of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata and “Goyeskas” by Granados (RCA label), “Transcriptions from Past to Future” (Neue Sterne, Germany), and “Music by living New York composers”, recorded live at the Barge Music Festival in New York. Recordings 2021 include new album for Odradek Records.

Winner of many competitions, including Artists International, Michael has been featured on CBS and Channel 12 programs and WQXR and WWFM radio stations, in addition to international media: TV1 (Russia), TV3 (Estonia), RAI 1 (Italy), and Nippon TV (Japan).

An avid collaborative musician, Michael Bulychev-Okser has collaborated with pianists Olga Kern, Dmitri Bashkirov, Daniel Pollack; violinists Pierre Amoyal, Albert Markov, Miriam Davis, Alyssa Margulis, Anastasia Kozlova; cellists Raphael Wallfisch, Borislav Strulev, Colin Carr; violists Hartmut Rhode and Alexander Zemtsov; clarinetist Julian Milkis and Metropolitan Opera soprano, Olga Makarina.

Committed to innovative programming and celebrating world’s cultures, Bulychev-Okser has performed rare Italian paraphrases (Ravenna, 2014), presented recitals of music exclusively by Baltic composers (in Estonia and Latvia), and has transcribed Chinese folk songs in a jazzy style; his performance of transcriptions on the bank of Yangtze River was shown to over a million viewers worldwide.

An educator with 20 years of experience, Michael Bulychev-Okser has held teaching positions at Long Island Conservatory, New York University, Rutgers University of New Jersey, and Mokwon University in South Korea. While teaching piano to variety of students aged 7-36, Bulychev-Okser has developed his own method of piano education, which is focused on developing students’ critical thought process. Bulychev-Okser summarized his method in a book “Conversations with students”, which is to be published in 2022 in New York.

Bulychev-Okser is a frequent guest at many music festivals, competitions, and concert series, including Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, U. K.; Todi International Music Festival, Italy; Kaufmann Music Center, New York; Latvian Academy of Music in Riga; Changsha Music Competition, China; Valencia International Piano Festival, Spain; Piano Island Festival, Singapore; International piano festival in Universidad de Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, Israel; Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory: Tbilisi, Georgia; SUMY International Festival (Ukraine); Rachmaninov Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia; Isidor Bajic Piano Competition – Novi Sad, Serbia; XX Scriabin International Competition – Grosetto, Italy; XVI Compositores des Espagna – Madrid, Spain; Piano Competition “Vals de travers” – Nouchatel, Switzerland; XI MozArte Piano Competition – Aachen, Germany; XI Lyon International Piano Competition – Lyon, France; Palais Auersperg in Vienna, Austria, and Paderewski and Chopin International Competitions in the United States and Poland.

Bulychev-Okser’s commitment to initiating multi-cultural musical forums and curating concert series has inspired him to establish George Gershwin International Music Competition in New York, and Alion Baltic International Music Festival, a large-scale annual event, presenting master classes, lectures, and concerts in 4 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Michael Bulychev-Okser has performed numerous online concerts, including the United States premiere of Thin Air by Calliope Tsoupaki on behalf of Festivals for Compassion. Michael’s online concerts in support of New York medical and emergency workers, were awarded Honorary Diplomas by the New York Assembly Member, William Colton. Michael Bulychev-Okser also organized Classical Hugs – Online Music Festival, which supports musicians across the globe with educative and performance opportunities, during the time of health crises.

Bulychev-Okser’s 21/22 highlights include two orchestral concerts with Shlomo Mintz, a lecture-recital at Raritan Valley College (USA), performances in Tiggiano Conservatory (Italy), Almería Philharmonic (Spain), and EugeneOn Classics Festival (South Korea), and an appearance with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia (Spain).

Read more about Michael at https://www.bulychevokser.net/

bookings

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