Noted for his “untiring attention to every detail of phrasing” (Calgary Herald), Canadian violinist Emmanuel Vukovich is emerging internationally as an artist of musical integrity and artistic maturity. Current recipient of the 1700 ‘Bell’ Giovanni Tononi violin on loan from The Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank and first recipient of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music Golden Violin Award, Emmanuel is founder and artistic director of The Parcival Project, a chamber music collective that tours internationally, and artistic director of Montreal’s Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur “Bach – Odyssey” – a multi-year series centered around the solo Sonatas, Partitas, and Suites of J S Bach.
Recent highlights include this first concert of this series with renowned oboist Alex Klein and members of the Parcival Ensemble, a recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York City with pianist Andrew Armstrong, a recital for CBC Radio celebrating the 10th anniversary of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, a performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto as soloist with the Oakville Symphony in Toronto, Ontario, the Mozart Violin Concerti with the Andreas Bello Orchestra in Santiago and Concepcion, Chile, and a recital at the legendary Conservatory Recital Hall in Zagreb, Croatia at the invitation of the Canadian Ambassador to Croatia.
Emmanuel has performed as soloist with the Orford Chamber Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and the I Medici di Montreal Orchestra. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician with artists such as Ida Haendel, Anton Kuerti, and Matt Haimowitz, and has had the honor to play for such individuals as Christopher Reeve. Recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Orford String Quartet Scholarship, and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Award, Emmanuel was a member of McGill University’s Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet for four years during which time the quartet advanced to the finals of the London International String Quartet Competition and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Upon winning the grand-prize at The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the LCH quartet embarked on tours across Canada and the United States, performed concerts in France, Switzerland, England, Italy, and Australia, and released recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and McGill University record labels produced by Martha de Francisco.
Having begun studying the violin with Danuta Ciring in his native Calgary, Alberta, Emmanuel left home at sixteen to pursue studies with Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy Delay at The Juilliard School Pre-College and College divisions. He continued his studies with Denise Lupien and Andre Roy at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music while also pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies at McGill’s School of Environment and Agriculture. During this time he founded and served as artistic director and concertmaster of Symphony in the Barn, an international summer chamber music festival and chamber orchestra based on an operating organic farm in Durham, Ontario. This project subsequently became Music for Farms, an international chamber music initiative performing concerts on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms throughout Canada and the United States. Upon completing his studies at McGill, Emmanuel served as co-manager for four seasons at Ferme Cadet Roussel, a 300-member CSA organic farm. The documentary film by Pierre Ducroque of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Bach in a Barn portrays Emmanuel’s attempt at re- connecting culture with agriculture during this time.
Emmanuel completed his masters of music studies with Donald Weilerstein, Lucy Chapman, and Soovin Kim at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree with with Philip Setzer, Colin Carr, and the Emerson Quartet at Stony Brook University in New York. He is engaged to Eurythmist Sea-Anna Vasilas.