Eugene Ugorski (violin) , USA
Born in 1989 in St Petersburg, Eugene Ugorski is being hailed as one of the most exciting young violinists of today. Having made his orchestral debut with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight, Ugorski has already performed concerti with orchestras in Western Europe, Russia, Canada, the USA, South America and the Far East, working with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Andrey Boreyko, Eri Klas, Keith Lockhart and Roberto Minczuk.
Eugene Ugorski was launched onto the international scene following an invitation from Gergiev to perform at the Moscow Easter Festival in 2005. The concert was an enormous success and was broadcast around the world. As a result Gergiev immediately invited him to perform with the Rotterdam Philharmonic that season.
In the 2007/8 season Ugorski returned to Rotterdam to perform in four special concerts celebrating the New Year. Other highlights of the season included debuts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He also made a trip to South Korea for his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2008/9 season included two concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, a performance of Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Hans Graf and his Japanese debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony playing Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole. European appearances included his debut with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and a tour of the Netherlands with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vassily Petrenko.
In recent months Ugorski made his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Tampere Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, RTÉ Dublin and with the Vienna Kammerphilharmonie at the Vienna Konzerthaus. He also returned to the Rotterdam Philharmonic taking over concerts at the last minute from an indisposed Leonidas Kavakos playing the Stravinsky concerto with Robin Ticciati.
As a recitalist Ugorski has recently collaborated with the pianist Konstantin Lifschitz at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany to great acclaim, and in September 2009 the pair played four concerts at the Enescu Festival in Romania. In January 2010, the duo released a recital DVD for VAI of works by Bach, Brahms, Strauss, Szymanowski, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. Future engagements together include debuts at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, Tivoli Festival in Copenhagen and the Lucerne Festival.
Eugene Ugorski began studying the violin at the age of six with Professor Vesna Gruppman. He continues to study with Vesna as well as with Igor Gruppman, one of the world's most respected concertmasters.