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In 1991 Bisengaliev signed with Naxos and Marco Polo for a series of
recordings that included virtuoso recital repertoire and many major
concertos. His recording of Mendelssohn concertos with the Northern
Sinfonia was Gramophone Critic's Choice of the year in 1998.
Fanfare magazine nominated his Marco Polo recording of the Brian Concerto.
Elgar -- Re-discovered works for violin -- Vol 1 (Black Box) was
nominated for the 1999 Gramophone Award and it's successor, again on
Black Box, Elgar --
Re-discovered works for violin -- Vol 2 was released to
great critical acclaim, becoming one of five recordings recently highly
recommended by Classic FM, UK. His Elgar, Wieniawski and Brahms
recordings can periodically be heard on Radio NZ Concert FM.
Now he has an intensive recording schedule with Sony BMG; including
an album of virtuoso items and a collection of major concertos.
In addition to the New Zealand concerts the violinist's 2006-07
concert itinerary takes him to the UK, America, South Korea, Japan,
India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland and Germany; some of over 35
countries in which he has performed. At the same time he has appeared
on British, Russian and Kazakh Television and at Wigmore Hall, the
Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall (London) and Carnegie Hall (New York).
This spring, together with an 11th hour replacement accompanist, top New Zealand pianist, Diedre Irons, he will give recitals in North and South Island centres and is soloist for four concerts by the Vector Wellington Orchestra (formerly Wellington Sinfonia) in Samuel Barber's soulful and popular Violin Concerto.
Marat Bisengaliev was born in Alma-Ata (today's Almaty), Kazakhstan, USSR (1962),
where he attended a school for musically gifted children. He went on to
study at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, then founded and toured
with the Kazakh Chamber Orchestra before immigrating to Britain in 1990.
He lives with his wife Vassilia and Shoray, the second of two
children, who was born this year. The Bisengalievs have homes in
Yorkshire and South-east Kazakhstan.
Copyright © 18 July 2006
Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand
HOWARD SMITH - ISLAMEY.COM
Marat Bisengaliev (solo violin and leader), Adiemus Singers, Karl Jenkins, conductor, West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra, EMI (number unavailable)
Marat Bisengaliev (solo violin and leader), Finnish Vocal Ensemble, Karl Jenkins, conductor, West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sony BMG 82876844252