VC INSIGHT | VC Younger Artist Marc Bouchkov – ‘Montreal Comp: The Biggest Musical Second of My Life’ [BLOG]

With the 2019 Concours Musical Worldwide de Montréal reaching its closing phases in Montreal, VC lately caught up with various former prize winners to get a greater understanding of their time on the competitors – and the alternatives the triennial occasion has since offered.

In a VC-exclusive weblog, Belgium violinist and former 1st Prize winner, VC Younger Artist Marc Bouchkov talks us by means of his 2013 expertise:


“Montreal Competitors, each time I bear in mind this second of my life I’m changing into very nostalgic. I have to admit this was one of many best moments of my musical life!

Sure musical, due to the heat the individuals confirmed there upon arrival, and the perfect situations wherein the competitors takes place. It conjures up to play music from the guts and never solely the “proper notes in the suitable second”.

My first impression popping out of the terminal on the airport: “Wow, I’ve a very good feeling about this!”

I had a tremendous host household, which gave me all the liberty and constructive surrounding wanted. I felt like a prince who solely needed to fear about training and taking part in one of the best ways potential!

I recall getting ready the competitors as a result of it was the time once I was nonetheless sitting within the NDR sinfonieorchester as tutti, and I had (imagine it or not) loads of organized time to apply and research. I at all times needed to problem myself. However this I assume is one thing that can by no means depart me alone )

I can also bear in mind many individuals keen me that “I’m not prepared” or that “why am I doing it now” or issues like this, which actually gave me further motivation to do it! In all probability to show one thing to myself and the others?

Can’t say it is a actually honorable cause, however nicely, it labored out ultimately.

I believe my expertise in Montreal wouldn’t have been the identical if there wasn’t Queen Elizabeth one yr earlier. I had the prospect to see and analyze the reactions of many fantastic gamers again then within the Chapel. I remembered that the extra humble and relaxed you relate to the “judging course of” and the extra you consider it as a “série of recitals” and never of “rounds”, the extra you are feeling like a musician. 

If not, you’re simply one other “contestant” participating in a “competitors”.

I like to consider these occasions extra as a “competitors with oneself”.

You have to be able to ship the 100% of your prospects. The closest you come to your individual 100%, the closest you’re to be a winner. Perhaps it doesn’t at all times match with the expectations of a few of the jury members, however it’s important to attempt to persuade them.

I bear in mind probably the most memorable second was for me the time when my host (who used to have a drum set in his home) was giving me an excellent rock metronome for the finale of Tchaikovsky Violin concerto. My god, we had a lot enjoyable. After all after the outcomes, I imagine we had such a pleasant occasion and night, within the stunning previous cafes and bars of Montreal. It was merely nice. 

The competitors assisted me in some ways afterwards, giving me the chance to carry out in nice halls and with nice conductors and orchestras. My go to card received by some means extra stable)

However above all, the very fact itself simply encourages to imagine in oneself extra, and be a bit extra self-confident. It reminds you within the darkest moments, that you simply truly “achieved” one thing! And everyone knows that these moments arrive very often in a musician’s life!

The predisposition of the jury in the direction of the musicality of every participant was actually excellent. I bear in mind very completely different gamers, with completely different personalities, being acknowledged and pushed by means of. 

That is one thing which actually marked me on an excellent approach. 

I’ll at all times bear in mind this time as one in every of my favourite musical problem ever!

I want all of the candidates of this yr quite a lot of focus, enjoyable and naturally enjoyment!



Watch the 2019 Montreal Worldwide Violin Competitors reside on The Violin Channel – direct from Montreal, Québec, Canada.



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