Albert Markov (United States)
Faculty - Manhattan School of Music
Albert Markov—violinist, composer, teacher, and conductor—studied at Kharkov and Moscow conservatories under Lechinsky and Yankelevich. After winning the gold medal in the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, he concertized extensively. Aram Khachaturian wrote, “Albert Markov’s activities have had many facets … in all spheres of actions, he shows a remarkable talent. As a violinist, he is one of our best. As a teacher, he has trained excellent violinists. As a composer, he is remarkable in the originality of his compositions. In summary, Albert Markov is an outstanding musician.”
After his immigration to the United States in 1975, Mr. Markov made his sensational debut with the Houston Symphony in May 1976, prompting a New York Times reviewer to write, “The audience roared approval, coming to its feet for three standing ovations, Mr. Markov vowed them with dazzling pyrotechnics.” Following performances with symphonies and solo appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Markov performed at the Kennedy Center and played to great media acclaim in concert halls in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, Houston, Toronto, Montreal and other cities of North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He appeared with such conductors as James Conlon, Neeme Järvi, David Zinman, Andrew Litton, Lukas Foss, Sixten Ehrling, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Sergiu Comissiona, Sir Charles Groves, and others. After almost twenty years of absence from the Russian concert stage, Markov entered the music scene again in Moscow. His recordings are on the Sunrise, Melodia, and Musical Heritage Society labels. His compositions, which have been published by G. Schirmer (USA) and Muzyka (Russia), are Sonatas for Solo and Duo Violins, Three Rhapsodies, andCaprices. His recent works are the Viohn Concerto, Formosa Suite for Violin and Orchestra (both recorded by Mr. Markov with the Russian National Orchestra on the Sunrise label) and the symphony Kinnor David, premiered in Moscow.