conductor & violinist

Sergej Bolkhovets

Sergej Bolkhovets is an ascend­ing Russian-born Swedish con­duc­tor with an already exten­sive inter­na­tion­al career as a vio­lin­ist play­ing as a guest a.o. with Berliner Philharmoniker. He was award­ed the pres­ti­gious posi­tions of Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2016 to 2018, as well as the Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2019–20.

 

Since the 2020–21 sea­son Sergej Bolkhovets holds the posi­tion of Assistant Conductor at the Gothenburg Opera. This sea­son he assists on Rossini’s Il Barbiere, Puccini’s Tosca, Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and Verdi’s Rigoletto. He also con­ducts per­for­mances of Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma and an Operette-Gala con­cert. Additionally, Sergej debutes with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Last sea­son at the Gothenburg Opera, Mr. Bolkhovets assist­ed on Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, Wagner’s Siegfried and Kadar’s Cabaret. Mr. Bolkhovets also cel­e­brat­ed his debute with the Bamberger Symphoniker and returned to Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden for sym­phon­ic con­certs. Invitations from Norrlandsoperan, London Sinfonietta and Southbank Sinfonia were can­celled due to the pandeminc.

In the 2019–20 sea­son, Mr. Bolkhovets cel­e­brat­ed his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where he also act­ed as assis­tant to Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard as part of his Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship. Through the fel­low­ship he also col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Red Note Ensemble, and was sched­uled to con­duct Poulenc´s Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He fin­ished the sea­son con­duct­ing the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of a con­duct­ing workshop.

Highlights from recent sea­sons include his con­duct­ing debuts with The Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich dur­ing a mas­ter­class with David Zinman. He has also worked repeat­ed­ly with lead­ing Swedish orches­tras such as the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Dalasinfoniettan.

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Other past con­duct­ing engage­ments include the 10/10Ensemble, Jenaer Philharmoniker, Västerås Sinfonietta, Norrbotten “NEO” and “KammarensembleN”. He also act­ed as Assistant Conductor at the State Opera of Plovdiv for pro­duc­tions of Verdi’s Falstaff and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, where he also made his Bulgarian debut with a sym­phon­ic pro­gramme. At the Daegu International Music Festival 2018 in Korea he served as Assistant Conductor for Verdi´s Don Carlo. He assist­ed on and con­duct­ed per­for­mances of Händel’s Theodora and Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Sergej Bolkhovets has con­duct­ed con­certs with soloists such as Norbert Anger (Principal Cellist of the Dresden Staatskapelle) in the Schumann Cello Concerto, Vashti Hunter (soloist and mem­ber of Trio Gaspard) in Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Hannah Roberts (Solo Cellist of the Manchester Camerata) in the Elgar Cello Concerto, and Avan Yu (win­ner of the Silver Medal at Santander International Piano Competition and Gold Medal at the Sydney International Piano Competition) in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Sergej Bolkhovets was a Conducting Fellow at the Verbier Festival 2018 assist­ing Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Alain Altinoglu. Furthermore, he has assist­ed lead­ing con­duc­tors at the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester (Juanjo Mena, Nicholas Collon), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko, Cristian Mandeal), as well as at the Hallé Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder).In addi­tion to his Conducting Fellowships in Great Britain with Garry Walker as his main men­tor, Mr. Bolkhovets stud­ied con­duct­ing at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar with Markus Frank and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Prof. B. Tommy Andersson. He has also par­tic­i­pat­ed in mas­ter­class­es with Paavo and Neemi Järvi, Sir Mark Elder, Leonid Grin, Peter Rundel, Jac van Steen, Timothy Reynish and Kenneth Kiesler.

In his career as a vio­lin­ist, Sergej Bolkhovets start­ed play­ing in the Berlin Philharmonic already at the age of 22, pri­or his grad­u­a­tion from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he stud­ied with Prof. Ulf Wallin and in the post-graduate pro­gramme with Prof. Tabea Zimmermann. He also stud­ied vio­lin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in a post-graduate soloist diplo­ma pro­gramme with Joakim Svenheden.

He has played in a total of 23 pres­ti­gious orches­tras, such as Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Frankfurter Oper- und Museumsorchester, and has been a guest con­cert­mas­ter in approx­i­mate­ly half of them, includ­ing at the Royal Opera Stockholm, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

As a ped­a­gogue, Sergej has been a ded­i­cat­ed vio­lin teacher for over 18 years. He has served as fac­ul­ty mem­ber at the Nordic Music High School in Stockholm since 2008, and 2011–2013 also at Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. Furthermore, he has giv­en vio­lin mas­ter­class­es in Benasque, Spain, at the Boston Conservatory, USA, in Tallinn, Estonia and Stockholm. Since 2017 he is also teach­ing con­duct­ing and cham­ber music at the Junior RNCM in Manchester.

 

“I have known Sergej for many years, first as a vio­lin­ist play­ing with me in the Berlin Philharmonic and as my con­duct­ing stu­dent at the Järvi Academy, where he demon­strat­ed a very rapid and impres­sive devel­op­ment. His engag­ing and pleas­ant char­ac­ter make him very easy to engage with. It has been my plea­sure to see his growth as a con­duc­tor and I strong­ly believe he has all the nec­es­sary tools to suc­ceed at the high­est inter­na­tion­al lev­el.

Paavo Järvi

“Sergej is an absolute­ly out­stand­ing musi­cian and con­duc­tor, with an hon­est and pleas­ant approach to music mak­ing. I’ve known him for quite a few years, and he was an excel­lent Assistant to me. He is an absolute­ly first rate human being, with a pleas­ant yet author­i­ta­tive man­ner in front of an orchestra.”

Garry Walker

Music Director of Opera North and Chief Conductor of the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz

conductor & violinist

Sergej Bolkhovets

Sergej Bolkhovets is an ascend­ing Russian-born Swedish con­duc­tor with an already exten­sive inter­na­tion­al career as a vio­lin­ist play­ing as a guest a.o. with Berliner Philharmoniker. He was award­ed the pres­ti­gious posi­tions of Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2016 to 2018, as well as the Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2019–20.

Since the 2020–21 sea­son Sergej Bolkhovets holds the posi­tion of Assistant Conductor at the Gothenburg Opera. This sea­son he assists on Rossini’s Il Barbiere, Puccini’s Tosca, Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and Verdi’s Rigoletto. He also con­ducts per­for­mances of Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma and an Operette-Gala con­cert. Additionally, Sergej debutes with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Last sea­son at the Gothenburg Opera, Mr. Bolkhovets assist­ed on Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, Wagner’s Siegfried and Kadar’s Cabaret. Mr. Bolkhovets also cel­e­brat­ed his debute with the Bamberger Symphoniker and returned to Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden for sym­phon­ic con­certs. Invitations from Norrlandsoperan, London Sinfonietta and Southbank Sinfonia were can­celled due to the pandeminc.

In the 2019–20 sea­son, Mr. Bolkhovets cel­e­brat­ed his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where he also act­ed as assis­tant to Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard as part of his Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship. Through the fel­low­ship he also col­lab­o­rat­ed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Red Note Ensemble, and was sched­uled to con­duct Poulenc´s Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He fin­ished the sea­son con­duct­ing the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of a con­duct­ing workshop.

Highlights from recent sea­sons include his con­duct­ing debuts with The Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich dur­ing a mas­ter­class with David Zinman. He has also worked repeat­ed­ly with lead­ing Swedish orches­tras such as the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Dalasinfoniettan.

Read more

Other past con­duct­ing engage­ments include the 10/10Ensemble, Jenaer Philharmoniker, Västerås Sinfonietta, Norrbotten “NEO” and “KammarensembleN”. He also act­ed as Assistant Conductor at the State Opera of Plovdiv for pro­duc­tions of Verdi’s Falstaff and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, where he also made his Bulgarian debut with a sym­phon­ic pro­gramme. At the Daegu International Music Festival 2018 in Korea he served as Assistant Conductor for Verdi´s Don Carlo. He assist­ed on and con­duct­ed per­for­mances of Händel’s Theodora and Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Sergej Bolkhovets has con­duct­ed con­certs with soloists such as Norbert Anger (Principal Cellist of the Dresden Staatskapelle) in the Schumann Cello Concerto, Vashti Hunter (soloist and mem­ber of Trio Gaspard) in Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Hannah Roberts (Solo Cellist of the Manchester Camerata) in the Elgar Cello Concerto, and Avan Yu (win­ner of the Silver Medal at Santander International Piano Competition and Gold Medal at the Sydney International Piano Competition) in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Sergej Bolkhovets was a Conducting Fellow at the Verbier Festival 2018 assist­ing Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Alain Altinoglu. Furthermore, he has assist­ed lead­ing con­duc­tors at the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester (Juanjo Mena, Nicholas Collon), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko, Cristian Mandeal), as well as at the Hallé Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder).

In addi­tion to his Conducting Fellowships in Great Britain with Garry Walker as his main men­tor, Mr. Bolkhovets stud­ied con­duct­ing at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar with Markus Frank and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Prof. B. Tommy Andersson. He has also par­tic­i­pat­ed in mas­ter­class­es with Paavo and Neemi Järvi, Sir Mark Elder, Leonid Grin, Peter Rundel, Jac van Steen, Timothy Reynish and Kenneth Kiesler.

In his career as a vio­lin­ist, Sergej Bolkhovets start­ed play­ing in the Berlin Philharmonic already at the age of 22, pri­or his grad­u­a­tion from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he stud­ied with Prof. Ulf Wallin and in the post-graduate pro­gramme with Prof. Tabea Zimmermann. He also stud­ied vio­lin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in a post-graduate soloist diplo­ma pro­gramme with Joakim Svenheden.

He has played in a total of 23 pres­ti­gious orches­tras, such as Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Frankfurter Oper- und Museumsorchester, and has been a guest con­cert­mas­ter in approx­i­mate­ly half of them, includ­ing at the Royal Opera Stockholm, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

As a ped­a­gogue, Sergej has been a ded­i­cat­ed vio­lin teacher for over 18 years. He has served as fac­ul­ty mem­ber at the Nordic Music High School in Stockholm since 2008, and 2011–2013 also at Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. Furthermore, he has giv­en vio­lin mas­ter­class­es in Benasque, Spain, at the Boston Conservatory, USA, in Tallinn, Estonia and Stockholm. Since 2017 he is also teach­ing con­duct­ing and Chamber Music at the Junior RNCM in Manchester.

“I have known Sergej for many years, first as a vio­lin­ist play­ing with me in the Berlin Philharmonic and as my con­duct­ing stu­dent at the Järvi Academy, where he demon­strat­ed a very rapid and impres­sive devel­op­ment. His engag­ing and pleas­ant char­ac­ter make him very easy to engage with. It has been my plea­sure to see his growth as a con­duc­tor and I strong­ly believe he has all the nec­es­sary tools to suc­ceed at the high­est inter­na­tion­al lev­el.

Paavo Järvi

“Sergej is an absolute­ly out­stand­ing musi­cian and con­duc­tor, with an hon­est and pleas­ant approach to music mak­ing. I’ve known him for quite a few years, and he was an excel­lent Assistant to me. He is an absolute­ly first rate human being, with a pleas­ant yet author­i­ta­tive man­ner in front of an orchestra.”

Garry Walker

Music Director of Opera North and Chief Conductor of the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz