Described by The Times as a “brilliant violin soloist”, Marat Bisengaliev has also been designated “a latter-day Ysaÿe” by the American Journal Fanfare. The New York Times says that “he has taken to heart a style of playing that was a hallmark of violin virtuosity early in the century”.
Born in Kazakhstan, USSR, in 1962 and making a startling debut at the age of nine, he later studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow with two of the legendary names in violin tuition: Boris Belinki and Valery Klimov.
Marat Bisengaliev was a prizewinner in 1988 at the Leipzig International Bach Competition, and in 1991 won first prize at the International Nicanor Zabaleta Competition in Spain, also receiving the Special Virtuoso Prize.
A major recording contract was signed in 1991 with Naxos and Marco Polo. His recording of the Mendelssohn Concertos (Northern Sinfonia) became Gramophone Critic’s Choice of the Year in 1998. Fanfare nominated his recording of the concerto by the British composer Havergal Brian (BBC Scottish S.O.) as Critics’ Choice 1994.
“Elgar – Re-discovered works for violin – Vol. 1” (Black Box) was nominated for the 1999 “Gramophone Award”. “Elgar – Re-discovered works for violin – Vol. 2” (Black Box) has been highly recommended by Classic FM as one of the “Top 5 Elgar recordings”.
Sony BMG awarded a Gold Disc for his recording “Tlep” by K. Jenkins, premiered in Albert Hall. In 2000, he received the 1st “Platinum Tarlan” Award and the Government “Medal of Honour” in Kazakhstan.
In 2003, Marat Bisengaliev founded the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. Their first CD was released on EMI “Requiem” by Karl Jenkins which became No.1 in Classic Sales Chart and No.1 in “Hall of Fame” on Classic FM magazine.
In 2006 Marat became Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India, the first professional Symphony Orchestra in India.
He also became member of Directors of AAPRO (Alliance of Asia Pacific Regions Orchestra) in 2010.
Marat Bisengaliev has given concerts in over 35 countries with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish, The Philharmonia, Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, BBC Ulster, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mexico Symphony Orchestra, etc… among others, playing in some of the most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre (New York), Kennedy Centre (Washington), Royal Albert Hall (London), Barbican, au Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), «Last Night of the Proms» (Dublin, Leeds)…
Recent and forthcoming highlights include concerts in New-Zealand, China, USA, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Mexico, India, France, Russia and the UK. An intensive recording schedule includes a virtuoso album “Virtuoso Violin” and the premiere of a new album by Yerkesh Shakeyev with the London Symphony Orchestra (recorded at Abbey Road with the same orchestra).