Alexander Markov, Violin
Alexander Markov is a Russian American violinist who has received awards from the Paganini Violin Competition (gold medal) and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is known for his recording of Paganini’s 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, particularly for his interpretation of the left-hand pizzicato section of the 24th Caprice. Bruno Monsaingeon directed a film of Markov playing the Caprices. Markov was born in Moscow and studied violin with his father, concert violinist Albert Markov. By the time he was 8 years old, he was appearing as a soloist with orchestras and performing double concertos with his father. Markov emigrated to the U.S. with his parents. He made his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall appearing with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Markov has recorded for the Erato label, distributed worldwide by Warner Classics. His releases have included the Tchaikovsky pieces for violin and piano. He has performed with Charles Dutoit, Iván Fischer, Neeme Järvi, Zdeněk Mácal, Lorin Maazel, and Gerard Schwarz. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the BBC Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the Houston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit and Jerusalem orchestras. He played to great acclaim at the Llandeilo Music festival in west Wales in July 2012. Yehudi Menuhin has written “He is without doubt one of the most brilliant and musical of violinists…Alexander Markov will certainly leave his mark on the music-lovers of the world and in the annals of the violin virtuosi of our day.”
Alexander Markov, Electric Violin
Over the past few years, Alexander Markov has been experimenting with the electric violin and has decided to incorporate its novel sound into his performances. With that aim, he has composed 20 short encore pieces for various ensembles (full orchestra, string quartet and vocal groups) to be played demonstrating the novel enhanced sound capabilities—expanded use of tonal colors and augmented sound effects—of this instrument. While the core of his performance remains firmly in the virtuosic classical solo violin repertoire, on recent tours in South America and in Europe, he has performed these short encores to the genuine delight of the audiences. The thunderous applause and shouts of approval at the culmination of his performance are clear evidence that the inclusion of these short encore pieces for electric violin are sure to bring a new aspect of listening pleasure to Alexander Markov’s audiences in the future.