Critically acclaimed for his“attention to every detail of phrasing” 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 the former Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet, Emmanel has performed across North and South America, Europe, and Australia, performing with such artists as Ida Haendal, Matt Haimowitz, Anton Kuerti, and Alex Klein. He is founder and artistic director of The Parcival Project, an international chamber music collective which has toured Canada, the US, and South America, and is artist director of Montreal's Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur "Bach Odyssey” - a multi- year series centred around the solo violin Sonatas and Partitas of J S Bach. Emmanuel is a three-time recipient of The Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, and also performs on 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 a performance as soloist in the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and Jens Georg Bachmann, as well as the creation of two new works. A new violin concerto written for Emmanuel by award-winning composer Sheila Silver. Inspired by North Indian Classical Hindustani music, this concerto is planned to be premiered and recorded in 2021. The creation and premiere of an original work co-written with award-winning composer John McDowell for solo violin, voice, African drum ensemble, and string chamber orchestra: 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.
Past highlights include a debut recital performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall with pianist Andrew Armstrong, a live radio recital performance at the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago with pianist Ji Yung Lee, a recital for CBC Radio celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Schulich School ofMusic with pianist Todd Yaniw; performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Oakville Symphony and Roberto de Clara; a performance of the Mozart Violin Concerti with the Andreas Bello Orchestra in Santiago and Concepcion, Chile; a performanc of the Bach violin-oboe concerto with oboist Alex Klein and the double violin concert with Ida Handel, and a recital at the legendary Conservatory Recital Hall in Zagreb, Croatia at the invitation of the Canadian Ambassador to Croatia.
Originally from Calgary,Alberta, Emmanuel left home at sixteen to pursue studies with Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School Pre-College and College divisions in NewYork. He 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 School of Environment and Agriculture. During this time, he served as artistic director and concertmaster of Symphony in the Barn, an international summer chamber music festival and chamber orchestra in Durham, Ontario. This project later became Music for Farms, an international chamber music initiative for Community Supported Agriculture farms throughout Canada and the United States. Upon completing his studies at McGill, Emmanuel served a co-manager for four growing seasons at Ferme Cadet Roussel, a 300-member CSA organic farm. The documentary film by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Bach in a Barn, portrays Emmanuel’s striving to re-connect culture and agriculture during this time.
Upon completing his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees at 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 the Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet, Hagai Shaham, and Colin Carr. His interest in collaborative leadership in performance has also led him to the work of C. Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute.
Emmanuel’s doctoral lecture recital presented the premiere performance of an original composition on Parzival & Fierefiz for string quartet and West African drum ensemble. His final graduation recital will present the solo violin Sonatas and Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach.