Music review: BBC SSO, City Halls, Glasgow

„With advertised conductor Martyn Brabbins ill last week, his place was taken mostly by John Wilson, but with the young Sergej Bolkhovets – a conducting fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – drafted in for Dvorak’s Serenade for Wind Instruments. (…) Bolkhovets exercised his filler task with effortless efficiency.“

Published in The Scotsman, 26. November 2019


theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2018 - Pärt, Leonskaja and friends hard at play

(…) “The conducting students (of the Järvi Conducting Academy) shared the Academy limelight in another unusual programme:  (…) three women, three men shared Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony. The most experienced was Sergej Bolkhovets, who made a blazing case for the Third’s tricky finale (and no cuts à la Temirkanov).”

Article by David Nice, published 13 August 2018 on The Arts Desk


RNCM Symphony Orchestra at Royal Northern College Of Music

(…) “The piece (‚Les Offrandes Oubliees‘ [The Forgotten Offerings] by Olivier Messiaen) was conducted by Sergej Bolkhovets, who controlled the orchestra with accustomed skill, highly confident and masterful, the pauses in this piece was excellently observed. A delight to watch.” (…)

Article by Matthew Dougall, published Nov.2017 in Manchester Salon


"Starting the Summer with Beethoven's Fifth"

„Since October 2014 the violinist and conductor Sergej Bolkhovets has been on the podium, rehearsing for the last months a very demanding repertoire with the Vielharmonisches Orchester.

(…) The colours of the music transported the audience to Scottish landscapes with the overture „The Hebrides“ by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Very expressive musical images were created, the orchestra achieved a very colorful sound for the nature scene and travel impressions included in the music.

(…) The orchestra proved to be an exquisite partner. The individual moods of the variations given by the soloist were adequately transmitted, and the orchestra musicians reacted instantly to the precise instructions of Sergej Bolkhovets. Of course, every conductor wants to prove himself in one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies. Sergej Bolkhovets had chosen the „Symphony No. 5 in C Minor“ with the orchestra. (…) With wit and well-measured pathetics this work sounded in an appealing interpretation. Here it was shown that this work can captivate every listener with his concise power.“

Article by Axel Engels, published on July 6th, 2015 in Westfälische Nachrichten



The Halle Orchestra with RNCM students at RNCM

(…) “In this evening’s performance the orchestra was conducted by the RNCM’s Junior Fellow in Conducting, Sergej Bolkhovets. I have seen Bolkhovets a few times now and really admire his style and control, and he is lovely to watch too, as he immerses himself in the music he is playing but never letting it overtake him, keeping a firm and masterful grip on the players in front of him.” (…)

Article by Matthew Dougall, published Jan.2018 in Manchester Salon


"Our Manchester performers were enchanted by RNCM's Cendrillon"

“Jules Massenet’s score is phenomenal. The assured conducting by Sergej Bolkovets of the tremendous orchestra sweeps us along through the story.“

Article by Anita Ferguson, published in Streetwise Opera


With Enthusiasm Through Four Musical Centuries

„With a colorful mixture of four centuries of symphonic music, the Vielharmonische Orchester gained great sympathy on Saturday and Sunday in the sold out concert at St. Petri Church. The young conductor Sergej Bolkhovets had prepared the musicians well for more than two hours of program.
(…) From the beginning in „Alla Hornpipe“ from Handel’s famous Water Music, it immediately became clear what would be expected: overflowing joy of playing! At a fast tempo the rhythmic accentuations sounded very lively, containing the right drive. (…)“

Article by Ulrich Coppel, published on February 1st, 2016 in Westfälische Nachrichten