is one of the most brilliant violinists of the Russian school in his generation. He rose to stardom in 2005 after winning the 3rd Niccolò Paganini International Violin Competition in Moscow. Ivan Pochekin has performed under the baton of such eminent conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Sladkovsky, Yuri Simonov, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Mark Gorenstein, Friedrich Haider, Mladen Tarbuck, Sergei Skripka, Dmitry Liss, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jan Latham-Koenig, Fabio Mastrangelo, and Charles Olivieri-Munroe.
Ivan has participated in various festivals, among them “The Musical Kremlin,” the Moscow Easter Festival, "La Folle Journée" in Nantes, and "Pianoscope" in Beauvais. In 2008 and 2013, on Denis Matsuev’s invitation, he performed in the "Crescendo" Festival in Kaliningrad and Pskov and the “Stars on Lake Baikal” Festival in Irkutsk. In September 2014, the violinist was honored to play the legendary ex-Paganini violin by Carlo Bergonzi, provided courtesy of Maxim Viktorov’s family, during the Grand Festival of the Russian National Orchestra when he, the Russian National Orchestra and maestro Pletnev performed Niccolò Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2.
Over the years, Ivan Pochekin has collaborated with the Yevgeny Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Tchaikovsky Great Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Republic of Tatarstan’s State Symphony Orchestra, the Urals Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Republic of Korea Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Oviedo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Kammerorchester, and the Basel Symphony Orchestra.
The first-prize winner of the 2017 Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Valentin Uryupin is a rising star in the Russian classical music world. His career is equally divided between the opera house and the symphonic stage, and he continues to perform as a solo clarinetist. In 2015 Valentin took part in Kurt Masur’s international masterclass and shortly afterward won the Russian Conducting Competition in Moscow (formerly the All-Union Conducting Competition). In 2016 he was awarded third prize at the prestigious Mahler Competition in Bamberg. Since 2011 Valentin Uryupin has held the position of permanent conductor at the Perm Opera with the MusicAeterna Orchestra. In 2015 he was named Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rostov-on-Don Symphony Orchestra. Guest engagements have taken him to the the Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonieorchester, RSO Wien, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Teatro Massimo, the Badische Staatskapelle, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana,The Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, the Russian National orchestra, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theates in St. Petersburg, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Tapiola sinfonietta, the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca, the Novosibirsk philharmonic and the Ural Philharmonic.