"Pour moi vous etes un grand, un vrai musicien. Merci pour ce moment inoubliable."
- Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Described as a “true musician” (Yannick Nézet-Séguin), Canadian violinist Emmanuel Vukovich is emerging as an artist of technical assurance, musical integrity, and artistic maturity. He appears as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Natural History, London, and the Hrvatski glazbeni zavod in Zagreb, Croatia, performing with such artists as Ida Haendel, Matt Haimowitz, and Alex Klein. A three-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, the first recipient of McGill University's Schulich School of Music Golden Violin, and grand-prize winner of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Emmanuel is founder and artistic director of the international collaborative The Parcival Project and artistic director of Montreal’s Bach Odyssey.
As winner of the 2019 Stony Brook University concerto competition, Emmanuel recently performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Jens Georg Bachmann conducting the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra at the Staller Centre for the Performing Arts. Other highlights include a performance of Schubert’s Fantasy for violin and piano at Carnegie's Weill Hall with pianist Andrew Armstrong, a live radio recital for the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Public Library with pianist Ji-Yung Lee, performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto with Roberto de Clara and the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Violin Concerti with the Andréas Bello Orchestra in Santiago, Chile, and the Bach Violin-Oboe Concerto with oboist Alex Klein and The Parcival Project.
Upcoming highlights include the creation of a new violin concerto by Sheila Silver inspired by North Indian Hindustani music to be premiered in 2020-21; and an original composition co-created with John McDowell for solo violin, African drum, voice, chamber orchestra, and drum ensemble: 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. In June 2020, Emmanuel will record Beethoven’s Archduke and Sheila Silver’s To the Spirit Unconquered piano trios with cellist Thomas Mesa and pianist Kyungwha Chu produced by renowned recording engineer Martha de Francisco.
Completing his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with Lucy Chapman, Soovin Kim, and Donald Weilerstein, Emmanuel is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University working with Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet, Hagai Shaham, Colin Carr, Jennifer Frautchi, Arnaud Sussmann in performance, and Judith Lochhead, Stephen Smith, and Daniel Weymouth in academics. His final graduation recital will present selections from the solo violin Sonatas & Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach, Bartok’s solo violin Sonata, and an original work co-created with John McDowell inspired by Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Emmanuel began studying the violin with Danuta Ciring at the Mount Royal College Academy of Music. He went on to work with Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School in New York and completed his undergraduate studies with Denise Lupien and André Roy at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. As first violinist of the former Lloyd-Carr Harris String Quartet - Grand Prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, he performed close to 400 concerts in Canada, the US, Europe, and Australia and recorded the String Quartets of Canadian composer Brian Cherney. During this time Emmanuel also pursued studies with Peter Brown at McGill University’s School of Environment. He served for three years as co-artistic director and concertmaster of Symphony in the Barn, an international music festival held on Glencolton Farms in Durham, Ontario, and, upon the completion of his undergraduate studies, served as co-manager of Ferme Cadet Roussel, in Mont Saint-Gregoire, Quebec. The documentary film Bach in a Barn portrays Emmanuel’s striving to connect culture and agriculture through this project. In 2011 Emmanuel founded The Parcival Project - an international chamber music collaborative which has received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and toured North and South America.
Emmanuel acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts for its continued support of Canadian artistic exploration.