G.Gershwin International Music Competition Founder & Artistic Director
A top prizewinner of many international competitions in USA, Italy, Andorra, Spain and Mexico, pianist Michael Bulychev-Okser was born in Moscow, Russia in a family of distinguished musicians. He composed and played music since the age of seven. Because of Michael’s early and extraordinary talent, famous Russian composer T.Khrennikov took Michael, then nine years of age, under his instruction at the Moscow State Conservatory. A protégé child from an early age, Michael studied piano performance at the Moscow State Conservatory with Professor Mikhail Voskresensky.
At the age of 11 Michael made his piano debut in the Rachmaninoff Recital Hall of Moscow Conservatory. At the age of 12 Michael began his first concert tour to the countries of Mediterranean, visiting Greece, Israel, Egypt and Turkey. Within 5 years New York Radio Station - WQXR’s Robert Sherman featured Michael in a Showcase Debut in a performance of Khachaturian's piano Concerto. In 1998 Michael continued his studies in composition at La Schola Cantorum, Paris, France, where he received an Honored Diploma of studies in composition under the tutelage of the famous Franco-American composer Philip Lasser, which he continued to study with until 2002. At the age of just 17, Michael was added to the distinguished list of the famous worldwide dictionary “International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians” Cambridge, England. Same year, David Dubal, author of the bestseller "Evenings with Horowitz", welcomed Michael at the Polish Kosciuszko Foundation House, to perform several works by Polish composers, naming Michael as "... the great talent...” In 2005 he received the Award for the Best Interpretation of Spanish music in Andorra, and in 2006 he was awarded the Best Interpretation Special Award for his performance of music by Franz Liszt.
An honored alumni of The Juilliard School, Michael Bulychev-Okser collaborated with world's most notable musicians: Oxana Yablonskaya, Dmitry Yablonsky, Daniel Pollack, Martin Canin, David Dubal, Richard Kimball, Jonathan Strasser, and Mikhail Voskresensky. An extensive performance schedule finds him dividing his time between Europe and the United States in both solo performances and appearances with the world’s top orchestras: including Manhattan Philharmonic, Novgorod Philharmonic, and Parnassos Symphony.
A recipient of “Who’s Who in Music”, “Outstanding People of the 20th century” among other Awards (Cambridge, London, 2000 and 2001 years), Michael Bulychev-Okser performed at the world’s most prestigious stages: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), La Salle Pleyel (Paris, France), Wigmore Hall (London, United Kingdom), Heichal Hatarbut (Tel Aviv, Israel), Palace (Alexandria, Greece), IBK Concert Hall (Seoul, South Korea), and Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow, Russia) and Centermex Theater (Monterrey, Mexico).
Michael Bulychev-Okser has collaborated with Daniel Pollack,Victor Tretyakov, Vladimir Spivakov, Sergej Stadler, Oksana Yablonskaya, David Dubal, Borislav Strulev, Olga Makarina (Metropolitan Opera), and other notable musicians.
Twice in a row, in 1997 and in 1998, Michael received a prestigious Richard Kimball Award for the excellence in composition. In 1998, Manhattan school of Music featured 2-hour recital of Michael Bulychev-Okser’s solo and chamber music. In 2005 he received the Granados Award for the Best Interpretation of Spanish music in Andorra, and in 2006 he was awarded the Best Interpretation Special Award for his performance of the music by Franz Liszt. In 2010, Michael received the Polish Music Performance Award. The award presentation was followed by Michael’s triumphal 2-hour recital of music by Polish composers: Chopin, Moszkowski, Paderewski, and Scharwenka at Kosciuzsko Foundation House in New York. In 2009-2010-concert season Bulychev-Okser performed a series of 8 concerts, featuring Complete 32 piano sonatas by L. von Beethoven. The concerts took place at Barge Music in New York.
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 is a Professor at New York University since 2003
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.
Michael Bulychev-Okser is a Founder and Artistic Director of the Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.