Critically acclaimed for his “attention to every detail of phrasing” (Calgary Herald) and for being "a true musician" (Yannick Nézet-Séguin), Canadian violinist Emmanuel Vukovich is emerging as an artist of musical integrity and artistic maturity.
Grand-prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as first violinist of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet, Emmanuel has performed as soloist and chamber musician across North and South America, Europe, and Australia working with artists such as Ida Haendel, Matt Haimowitz, and Anton Kuerti, and performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Natural History in London, and the Hrvatski Glazbeni Zavod in Zagreb, Croatia.
Emmanuel is founder and artistic director of The Parcival Project, an international chamber music collective which has toured North and South America, and artistic director of Montreal's Chapelle Historique du bon Pasteur "Bach Odyssey” - a multi- year series centred around the solo Sonatas & Partitas of J S Bach.
A three-time recipient of The Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, Emmanuel plays on a violin made by Nicolo Amati in Cremona, Italy in 1629 and a violin made by Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt in Berlin, Germany in 2018 which won the double Gold Medal at the Violin Society of America International Luthier Competition in 2018.
Upcoming highlights include the creation of two new works: a violin concerto written for him by award-wining composer Sheila Silver inspired by North Indian Hindustani music, and an original composition for solo violin, African drum, and chamber orchestra, co-composed with award-winning composer John McDowell. Parzival & Fierefiz: A New Narrative of Race will make its world premiere at the University of Toronto in November 2020 in conjunction with the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Wagner’s Parsifal.
Recent highlights include a debut performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall with pianist Andrew Armstrong, a live radio recital at the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago with pianist Ji Yung Lee, performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Oakville Symphony and Roberto de Clara, the Mozart Violin Concerti with the Andreas Bello Orchestra in Santiago, Chile, and the Bach violin-oboe concerto with oboist Alex Klein and The Parcival Project Ensemble.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Emmanuel studied with Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School Pre-College and College divisions. He then continued his studies with Denise Lupien and André Roy at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music while also pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies at McGill's School of Environment and Agriculture. During this time, he served as artistic director and concertmaster of Symphony in the Barn, an international summer music festival. This project then became Music for Farms, an international chamber music initiative for farms throughout Canada and the United States. Upon completing his studies at McGill University, Emmanuel served a co-manager for four growing seasons of a large CSA organic farm in Quebec. The documentary film Bach in a Barn portrays Emmanuel’s striving to re-connect culture and agriculture through this project.
Since completing his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music with Donald Weilerstein, Lucy Chapman, and Soovin Kim, Emmanuel is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University working with Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, Hagai Shaham, and Colin Carr. His lecture recital presented the premiere performance of an original composition for string quartet and African drum ensemble. His final graduation recital will present the solo violin Sonatas and Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach.