Oleksandr Semchuk

Oleksandr Semchuk

Oleksandr Semchuk began studying violin at 4 years of age with Maestro I. Pylatiuk. When only eight years old he started his brilliant career performing his first concert as a soloist with orchestra. Among his teachers are such violinists world renown as Bohodar Kotorovych, Yehudi Menuhin, Tibor Varga, Viktor Tretyakov and Alberto Lysy.

At an early age Semchuk won the prestigious and much coveted “Youth Assembly of Art” competition in Moscow, going on to win the “Mykola Lysenko International Competition” (Ukraine), and “Award City of Gubbio “(Italy) and many other international competitions.

Meanwhile, he embarked on a brilliant career that has brought him world –wide success, both as a soloist and playing in collaboration with such internationally renowned musicians as Andrea Lucchesini, Mario Brunello, Kostantin Bogino, Michael Kugel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Gabriele Mirabassi, Maxim Rysanov, Oleg Kogan, David Cohen, Boris Petrushansky, Kirill Karabitz, Volodymyr Sirenko, Niklas Eppinger, Dejan Sinadinovich and others.

In recognition of Semchuk’s great contribution as founder and promoter of the cultural project “Artists for the rebirth of Ukraine”, The Ukrainian state awarded him with the title of “Merited Artist of the Ukraine” in 2001. Throughout the territory of the former Soviet Union, Oleksandr is the youngest artist to be awarded the title of “Honoured Knight of the State.”

Oleksandr Semchuk has been living in Italy for several years, where he has built up a busy teaching career, working at the School of Music of Fiesole and the Music Academy of Florence. In 2011 he was invited to coordinate the Department of Strings at the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, where he currently teaches. His success as a professor of violin are evident in the multiple awards and prizes (over 40!) won by his students in important international competitions over the years, These include the Oistrakh International Competition (Moscow), Brahms International Competition (Pordschach), Monaco Master’s International Competition (Monaco), Kreisler International Competition (Vienna), to name but a few. His former students include leaders and members of major orchestras throughout Europe, as well as teachers of violin at Italian Conservatories.

Oleksandr Semchuk has made several recordings, and recorded more than seven hours of music as soloist in the “Golden Collection of the Ukraine”, with contributions from the great solo repertoire including the Brahms and Sibelius concertos

He plays a violin by Auguste Bernardel 1855 and uses the bow “White Lady” by Vera Navea