Recipient of the first prize at the III Paganini Violin Competition in Moscow (2005)
Ivan Pochekin was born in 1987 in a musical family; his father is a famous violin maker and his mother is a violin teacher. At the age of five he started to play the violin and two years later he gave his first performance with a symphony orchestra.
In 1994 he entered the Moscow Conservatoire’s Central Music School. Ivan also owes his earliest successes to his mother, who has been helping him with his studies for ten years. From 2001 to 2004 the violinist studied at the Moscow Conservatoire’s College of Music, and he subsequently entered the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, where he studies under Viktor Tretyakov.
In 2002 Ivan performed at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire for the first time, and his interpretation of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto proved a veritable sensation. Since then, he has gone on to perform in Russia, Japan and throughout Europe to great acclaim.
Ivan has studied significant archives in Russia, Liechtenstein and Croatia. He regularly participates in international festivals together with many leading chamber and symphony orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic, the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (Croatia), the Oviedo Philharmonic Orchestra (Spain) and the German Chamber Orchestra, and he has collaborated with such acclaimed conductors as Friedrich Haider, Yevgeny Bushkov, Alexander Skulsky and Sergei Skripka to name but a few. He has appeared at many of the world’s major concert halls, among them the Moscow State Conservatoire, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo and the Auditorium in Oviedo among others.
After winning the Paganini Competition in Moscow, with the support of the Russian Violin Art Foundation Ivan released a CD featuring compositions by Paganini and Chausson. Chanson Russe, his first CD recorded for the Phil-Artists label, included works by Tchaikovsky (Meditation, Op. 42), Prokofiev (Sonata in D Major, Op. 94 bis), Stravinsky (Chanson Russe), Szymanowski (Sonatas, Op. 9) and Khachaturian (Nocturne and Waltzes from Masquerade). Margarita Kravchenko, one of the most prominent people on the Moscow music scene, accompanies him on the piano. In 2007 the young violinist signed a contract with the world-famous Naxos label for recordings of all of Paganini’s violin concerti.
In the 2008-09 concert season Ivan Pochekin joined the Moscow Philharmonic Society Artists Management, which is his exclusive representative in Russia.