Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the most captivating musicians now before the public. Lord Yehudi Menuhin wrote, "He is without doubt one of the most brilliant and musical of violinists . . . Alexander Markov will certainly leave his mark on the music-lovers of the world and in the annals of the violin virtuosi of our day."
Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, Mr. Markov has appeared as a soloist with some of the world's most celebrated orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC and the Montreal Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. He has worked with with major conductors of our day, including Neeme Jarvi, Christoph Eschenbach and Ivan Fischer.
Markov has also shared concerts with such luminaries as Martha Argerich.
Mr. Markov has established a reputation second-to-none in the 19th-century virtuoso repertoire. His CD release and the video of the 24 Paganini Caprices for solo violin, directed by the legendary film director Bruno Monsaingeon, caused a sensation, and as a result he recorded five more CDs for the Erato/Warner Classics. Markov remains one of the very few violinists in the world who performs the entire set of the 24 Paganini Caprices in a single recital, and he is featured in the internationally-acclaimed film about great violinists "The Art of Violin," also directed by Bruno Monsaingeon.
In 2006 Warner released a long-awaited DVD of the 24 Paganini Caprices which instantly became one of the best-selling classical DVDs on the Amazon charts. Many of the Caprices were posted by fans around the world on YouTube and some of the clips have hundreds of thousands hits.
Alexander Markov's musical journey takes him far beyond his activity as a classical violin soloist. He has composed "Rock Concerto," an original composition collaborating with James V. Remington, who also designed for him a new six-string electric violin. The new patented instrument, the only one of its kind in the world, has a unique sound and the most enormous dynamic range from soft and sweet to the monstrous and powerful. (Markov plays it through a Marshall amp.)
"Rock Concerto" is a crossover epic which features Markov's performance on the new electric violin and his rock band, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and a chorus. The musicians in his band are some of the most celebrated artists in the rock world, and tickets to "Rock Concerto" concerts are sold-out weeks in advance. Markov's vision is to bridge a gap between classical and rock audiences and attracting many young people who would otherwise never go to a symphony.
Awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1987, Mr. Markov made his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall.
Alexander Markov was born in Moscow and studied violin with his father, concert violinist Albert Markov. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and performing double concertos with his father. Markov emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and received his United States citizenship in 1982.