G.Gershwin International Music Competition Founder & Artistic Director
“ … absolute surprise. One of the best pianists I ever heard. ”
- Dmitri Bashkirov, after recital of M.Bulychev-Okser, Tallinn - July 2018.
“…the great talent…”
- David Dubal, the author of bestseller “Evenings with Horowitz”.
"An enticing and brilliant pianist".
-The New York Times
Combining technical brilliance, musical passion, sensibility and special desire to explore new paths and contemporary music, Michael Bulychev-Okser is not only distinctive pianist, but also composer, devoted chamber music player, piano professor, producer and festival organizer.
Winner of international competitions in the United States, Italy, Spain, Mexico and Andorra, Michael performed his first concert tour in the countries of Mediterranean: Greece, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. In 2009 he performed a series of 8 concerts in New York, featuring all 32 Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. In 2011, New York Radio Station - WQXR’s Robert Sherman featured Michael in a performance showcase of Khachaturian's Piano Concerto in D flat. Since then, an active performance career followed.
Bulychev-Okser gave recitals at the world’s most prominent stages: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Barge Music (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), La Salle Pleyel (Paris, France), Wigmore Hall (London, United Kingdom), Heichal Hatarbut (Tel Aviv, Israel), The Saal Palace (Alexandria, Greece), IBK Concert Hall (Seoul, South Korea), The Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow, Russia) and Centermex Theater (Monterrey, Mexico).
Michael’s orchestral engagements included performances with Manhattan Philharmonic, Sarah Lawrence Orchestra, Vienna International Orchestra (Austria), Parnassos Symphony (Mexico), and Rutgers University Symphony.
A recipient of “Outstanding People of the 20th century” Michael Bulychev-Okser (Cambridge, London, 2000 and 2001 years) received numerous Awards: for the Best Interpretation of Spanish music in Andorra, and for the Best Interpretation Special Award for his performance of “Feux Follets” by Franz Liszt, etc.
An avid chamber musician, Bulychev-Okser collaborated with: Ivry Gitlis, Raphael Wallfisch, Pierre Amoyal, Bruno Canino, Daniel Pollack, Dmitri Bashkirov, Min Kwon, David Dubal, Robert Lehrbaumer, Aleksander Buzlov, Albert Markov, Antonio di Cristofano, Sergej Stadler, Andreas Frolich, Oxana Yablonskaya, Kynan Johns, Anastasia Kozlova, Alissa Margulis, Borislav Strulev, Anna Shafajinskaja, Olga Makarina (Metropolitan Opera), Denia Gavazzeni (Teatro alla Scala), Alla Aranovskaya, Bruno Canino, Felix Andrievsky, Mikhail Voskresensky and other notable musicians.
Bulychev-Okser's discography includes recording of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, and Granados's Goyeskas (RCA label). Bulychev-Okser's recent solo album was released on Germany’s Neue Sterne Classical Artists Label, featuring Piano Transcriptions by various composers.
In 2002 Michael Bulychev-Okser has became the youngest full-time Professor at New York’s Long Island Conservatory, teaching Piano Performance, Composition, Counterpoint, and Music Theory. Michael Bulychev-Okser has held teaching position at New York University
In 2013 Michael Bulychev-Okser founded the G.Gershwin International Music Competition in New York, United States, a truly unique musical event, organized on a large-scale international level. The 1st G. Gershwin International Music Competition 2013 was a successful event. Officials from the State, New York City and Borough of Brooklyn generously supported this international event. Some of the esteemed invited guests – politicians (Assemblyman Alec Bruk-Krasny and Councilman Mathieu Eugene), businessmen and clerics - were present at the Award Ceremony and the Concluding Gala Concert. Local media – press, TV and radio - were invited to illuminate the competition. Channel 12 made a report on the Preliminary Round of the Competition. Newspapers and journals in various languages from Boston to Washington published articles about the event. G. Gershwin International Competition Jury 2013 was comprised of the world-recognized musicians from USA, Russia, Israel, Finland, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Ukraine.Competition Participants represented 21 countries and 4 continents.
In 2014, Michael Bulychev-Okser established the Alion Baltic International Music Festival. Held annualy in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland, the festival became the largest classical music event in the Baltic Region with a mission of giving young musicians possibility to perform and obtain artistic experience, while learning from legendary masters.
Combining extensive performance activity with producing international events, Bulychev- Okser is a frequent Guest Artist, Piano Professor and Jury member at prestigious music festivals and competitions in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Serbia, Ukraine, Israel, Greece, Egypt, and Georgia.