FOUR STRINGS TO HIS VIOLIN
Many strings to his bow ...
HOWARD SMITH reports on
Marat Bisengaliev's third tour of New Zealand
This year Marat Bisengaliev, one of the world's most brilliant and
enterprising virtuoso violinists, returns to New Zealand for his third
and most comprehensive tour to date.
During a first visit in 1998 Bisengaliev captivated music lovers with
his prodigious artistry and compelling interpretative powers; then in
2004 he gave further recitals and appeared as soloist in the dazzling
Khachaturian Concerto (1940) with Wellington Sinfonia.
Critics likened the performance to those by the great, legendary
Soviet violinist, Leonid Kogan.
Shortly after the New Zealand tour Bisengaliev and accompanist Alia
Alhan performed at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall in
a concert dedicated to the victims of the (Boxing Day 2004) Southern Asia
Tsunami -- raising money for the International Response Fund of the American
Two years ago Bisengaliev's list of achievements was already
breathtaking in its scope.
Yet today as founder and inspirational chairman of the annual Uralsk
International Violin Competition he can look back on four years in
which it has attracted top adjudicators and young, would-be prodigies
from around the world.
Within this same period, in association with the Bisengaliev Foundation,
he has formed the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra; an ensemble
that has already toured in Japan, UK, Italy, India, Poland, Ukraine
and Russia while recording to great critical acclaim.
Copyright © 18 July 2006
Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand