String Instruments Juror
Albert Markov—violinist, composer, teacher, and conductor—studied at Kharkov and Moscow conservatories under Lechinsky and Yankelevich. After winning the gold medal in the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, he concertized extensively. Aram Khachaturian wrote, "Albert Markov's activities have had many facets ... in all spheres of actions, he shows a remarkable talent. As a violinist, he is one of our best. As a teacher, he has trained excellent violinists. As a composer, he is remarkable in the originality of his compositions. In summary, Albert Markov is an outstanding musician."
After his immigration to the United States in 1975, Mr. Markov made his sensational debut with the Houston Symphony in May 1976, prompting a New York Times reviewer to write, “The audience roared approval, coming to its feet for three standing ovations, Mr. Markov vowed them with dazzling pyrotechnics.” Following performances with symphonies and solo appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Markov performed at the Kennedy Center and played to great media acclaim in concert halls in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia, Houston, Toronto, Montreal and other cities of North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He appeared with such conductors as James Conlon, Neeme Järvi, David Zinman, Andrew Litton, Lukas Foss, Sixten Ehrling, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Sergiu Comissiona, Sir Charles Groves, and others. After almost twenty years of absence from the Russian concert stage, Markov entered the music scene again in Moscow. His recordings are on the Sunrise, Melodia, and Musical Heritage Society labels. His compositions, which have been published by G. Schirmer (USA) and Muzyka (Russia), are Sonatas for Solo and Duo Violins, Three Rhapsodies, and Caprices. His recent works are the Viohn Concerto, Formosa Suite for Violin and Orchestra (both recorded by Mr. Markov with the Russian National Orchestra on the Sunrise label) and the symphony Kinnor David, premiered in Moscow.
Markov is the music director of the Rondo Chamber Orchestra, appearing both as a soloist and conductor. Markov teaches at Manhattan School of Music. Among his students are prizewinners of international competitions and members of leading orchestras. Mr. Markov's Viohn Technique and Little Violinist (G. Schirmer, USA) are violin methods that are recognized around the world.
Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 1981.