One of today's most promising young conductors Evgeny Bushkov has received early acclaim as a spectacular violinist. He is a winner of four major international violin competitions - Wieniawski (1986), Queen Elizabeth (1989), Tchaikovsky (1990), and the first Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award (1992).
The Honored Artist of Russia, Evgeny Bushkov successfully brings his exceptional performing experience and impeccable artistic taste to his conducting. His remarkable abilities, as well as aspiration to integrity and search for authentic interpretation, attracted attention of a renowned conductor Dmitry Kitajenko. The young conductor also received guidance in USA (V. Yampolsky, Chicago).
Evgeny Bushkov's conducting debut took place in 1999 in France with The Festival Orchestra of the International Festival of Luxeuil. Following his debut he worked with Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra, ¨Neue Philharmonie¨- Westfallen (Germany),The National Orchestra of Belarus’, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan, “Bilkent” Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), International Symphony Orchestra "Metro Philharmonic", Pan Asian Symphony Orchestra (Hong Kong), Nizhny Novgorod Symphony (Russia), Belgorod Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, as well as with State Academic Chamber orchestra of Russia, "Musica viva" , Novosibirsk and Minsk chamber orchestras.
From 2002 to 2009 Evgeny Bushkov was an Associate Conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra "Novaya Rossiya" (Yury Bashmet, Artistic Director). His highly acclaimed debut with the orchestra in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory in February 2004 was followed by more than 120 performances in Russia and abroad. Evgeny Bushkov collaborated with such prominent soloists as Elisso Virssaladze, Natalia Gutman, Barry Douglas, Debora Voigt, Maria Guleghina, Vladimir Tchernov, Denis Matsuev, Alexey Liubimov, Dmitry Alexeyev, to mention just a few. Yury Bashmet regularly invited Evgeny Bushkov to peform works by Bartok, Brahms, Bruch, as well as contemporary Felzer, Kancheli, and Ledenev. Together, they gave World premieres of viola pieces by Karamanov and Gorelova.
In 2003 Maestro Bushkov founded Educational Concert Series for children that had met with instantaneous success. Since 2009, the Series have been performed both in Moscow, Russia, and Minsk, Republic of Belarus. Serving as both conductor and lecturer, Bushkov championed unique and innovative programming, including works by Debussy, Falik, Bronner, Podgaits. The Series have continued to be an unprecedented success culminating in two Russian premieres of children’s operas by G. C. Menotti and D. Krivitsky, a World premiere of Efrem Podgaits electronic opera "The Last Musician", Russian and Belarusian premieres of Paul Patterson's "Little Red Riding Hood". The last concert of the Moscow Series presented the 25th program performed within the Series (in Moscow) since its inception in 2003.
Among the highlights of the last seasons are highly acclaimed performances in the Vienna Musikverein, Russian premiere of the Alemdar Karamanov’s Requiem in Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the performance of Verdi Requiem in Moscow with participation of famous italian mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, debut with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “G.Verdi”, Symphony Orchestra of India, and the gala “In Memoriam of Mstislav Rostropovich”.
In 2010, Evgeny Bushkov lead the Novosibirsk Symphony orchestra in the Russian premiere of John Corigliano’s Symphony No 1; toured Germany, including a performance in Berlin Philharmonic Hall, with Chamber Orchestra of Kazakhstan; performed with Symphony Orchestra "Metropolitana" in Lisbon, Portugal; appeared at the International Piano Festival in Almaty, directing State Symphony Orchestra of Kazakhstan (GASO); and continued his duties as the official conductor of the "Vera Lothar-Schevchenko" Piano Competition in Novosibirsk.
For the celebration of 65th Anniversary of Victory Day, he was reinvited to perform “The Leningrad” Symphony by Schostakovich in Milano with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “G.Verdi”. The Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela also re-invited Maestro Bushkov to lead it in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the orchestra.
2011 brought two brilliant and highly acclaimed debuts: with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic. Other highlights include a Russian Premiere of the "Populus Meus" Cello concerto by John Tavener (with Sergei Antonov and Russian State Chamber Orchestra), the World Premiere of Andrey Semionov Second Symphony (with Belgorod Philharmonic Orchestra), performances with Saratov Philharmonic and Belorusian State Academic Symphony orchestras.
Evgeny Bushkov is the Artistic Director and Chief conductor of Belarusian State Chamber orchestra (formerly, Minsk Chamber Ochestra). He continues to present numerous World and National premieres and feature the world renowned soloists such as Elisso Virsaladze, Alla Ablaberdyeva, Denis Kozhukhin, and Alexander Mogilevsky, among others. After the most recent collaboration, the legendary pianist Paul Badura-Skoda wrote: "Evgeny Bushkov is one of the best conductors I played with in the last decade".