Oleg Pokhanovski is a top prizewinner of eight prestigious international violin
competitions including the Paganini in Genova, Sarasate in Pamplona and CIEM in
Geneva among others, and was First Prize Winner of the 1990 Scheveningen
International Violin Competition. He is also a twice recipient of the prestigious Canada
Council National Career Development Grant, as well as a multiple recipient of Conceil
des Arts du Quebec and Manitoba Arts Council Grants.
Pokhanovski has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Russia, giving
over 2000 concerts in total. He has been presented in the Carnegie Recital Hall, the
Grand Hall in Moscow, the Concertgebouw, Knight Hall in Prague, Place des Arts in
Montréal and others. His solo appearances with orchestra included the Moscow
Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, The Hague Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montréal
Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras. His concerts brought rave reviews
claiming him “Russian Paganini” and describing his playing as “brilliant”,
“phenomenal”, “outstanding”, and “extraordinary”. He has also been invited to perform
on national television and radio in Russia, Serbia, Poland, Canada and the Netherlands.
Mr. Pokhanovski is active as a chamber musician and has appeared in the International
Virtuosi Series in Germany, International Music Academy in Kiev, Ukraine, Domaine
Forget in Quebec, Centara New Music, Agassiz Summer Chamber Music, Orford and
Pender Harbour Music festivals in Canada. He is a Founder and Artistic Director of the
“Oleg and Friends” concert series in Winnipeg.
Dr. Pokhanovski is also in much demand as a pedagogue and presently holds the
position of Professor of Violin at the University of Manitoba. He is frequently invited to adjudicate music festivals internationally and all across Canada, both strings and piano categories.
Oleg is a member of the Desautels Piano Trio with colleagues Minna Rose Chung (cello) and Judy Kehler-Siebert (piano). The Trio has performed numerous concerts in Canada and abroad.
Oleg Pokhanovski made over 200 virtuosic transcriptions for violin and piano which he has been performing with the prize-winning pianist Scott Meek. The violin arrangements can be found on this site:
Many of them can be heard on his CDs: The Mirror Image and
Pokhanovski’s deep admiration for the great musicians of the past, Heifetz,
Hofmann, Rubinstein, Milstein, Kreisler and others is evident in his sensitive, passionate
style of playing. “Pokhanovski’s high-energy performances are characterized by an
unmistakeably genuine passion for the music. Urgent, serious and heartfelt – all words
that aptly describe Oleg Pokhanovski’s playing” (Gwenda Nemerofsky, Winnipeg Free