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.

In the 2020-21 season Sergej Bolkhovets acts as Assistant Conductor at the Gothenburg Opera for the productions of Puccini´s Tosca and La bohème, Wagner´s Siegfried and Kadar´s Cabaret. Mr. Bolkhovets debuts with the Bamberger Symphoniker, and returns both to Norrlandsoperan and to Dalasinfoniettan in Sweden for symphonic concerts.

 

Last 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.

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

conductor & violinist

Sergej Bolkhovets

Sergej Bolkhovets is an ascending young conductor with an already extensive international career as a violinist playing as a guest a.o. with Berliner Philharmoniker. He was awarded the position 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. 

This season Sergej Bolkhovets celebrates his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where he also acts as assistant to Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard as part of his Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship. Through the fellowship he also collaborates with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Red Note Ensemble, amongst others. Mr. Bolkhovets finishes the season with his return to Dalasinfoniettan for a symphonic concert. 

In the 2018-19 season he debuted with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester and conducted the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich during a masterclass with David Zinman. 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. 

Highlights from recent seasons include his conducting debut with The Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. He has also assisted leading conductors at the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester (Juanjo Mena, Nicholas Collon), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko, Cristian Mandeal) as well as the Hallé Orchestra (Sir Mark Elder) and at the Verbier Festival 2018 as their Conducting Fellow (Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda, Alain Altinoglu). 

He has also worked repeatedly with leading Swedish orchestras such as the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and Dalasinfoniettan. Other past conducting engagements include the 10/10Ensemble, Jenaer Philharmoniker, Västerås Sinfonietta, Norrbotten “NEO” and “KammarensembleN”. 

Sergej Bolkhovets has conducted concerts with soloists such as British cellist Hannah Roberts (Solo Cellist of the Manchester Camerata) in the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Norbert Anger (Principal Cellist of the Dresden Staatskapelle) in the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Marburg University Symphony Orchestra, 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 with the Berlin Schöneberg Symphony Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonie.

He assisted on and conducted performances of Händel’s Theodora and Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Royal Northern College of Music.

In addition to the Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the RNCM in Manchester, 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 Sir Mark Elder, Paavo Järvi, Neemi Järvi, 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