Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New PARMA Artist: Yuriy Bekker

Please join us in welcoming Charleston, SC based violinist and conductor, Yuriy Bekker, to the growing and talented PARMA family!

Bekker will be working with PARMA to produce his debut release, recordings of American works for violin and piano, alongside renowned pianist Andrew Armstrong.

Born in Minsk, Belarus, Bekker has been hard at work leading the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster since 2007, additionally serving as the orchestra's Acting Artistic Director from 2010-2014.

Bekker rose to prominence with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in the 2011-2012 season, after working with South Carolina composer, Edward Hart, on a new concerto written specifically for Bekker.  The concerto gained attention from Philadelphia couple, Winifred and John Constable, who happen to own the 1686 Ex-Nachez Stradivarius violin.  The Constables offered this rare instrument to Bekker for the concerto’s South Carolina premiere performance with the CSO and Bekker accepted. The concert, which featured the Hart concerto alongside Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, became the highest grossing concert in the history of the organization and helped to put the Charleston Symphony back on the map as a rising and established orchestra.

Built by Antonio Stradivarius in 1686 in Cremona, Italy, the Ex-Nachez was named after a previous owner, like most other Stradivarius instruments; in this case, the Hungarian violinist and composer, Tivadar Nachez. Bekker's relationship with the Constables and this violin has flourished since their initial contact in 2011, and he will be recording the entire release program on this precious instrument.

In addition to his work in Charleston, Yuriy has held the position of concertmaster with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria.  He has also appeared alongside the Vancouver Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Houston Symphony and Chicago Chamber Music Society. Bekker’s playing has brought him to the Spoleto Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Kennedy Center, among other venues.

Bekker will be recording this release over the summer in South Carolina.  In the meantime, keep an eye out for updates regarding this release and check out a video of Bekker working with Edward Hart below:




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