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Michael Bulychev-Okser

Michael Bulychev-Okser, Piano (USA)

Michael Bulychev-Okser is an American pianist, composer, piano professor.

Michael Bulychev-Okser is a Piano Professor at Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center and Long Island Conservatory. He also held teaching positions at New York University, Rutgers University of New Jersey, and Mokwon University in South Korea. While teaching piano to a variety of students aged 7-36, Bulychev-Okser has developed his own method of piano education, which is focused on developing critical thought processes. Bulychev-Okser summarized his method in a book “Conversations with students”, which is to be published in 2022 in New York.

His students won numerous competitions, including Chopin International, Naumburg, Paderewski, Steinway & Sons, and Indonesia National Competition among others. 

Bulychev-Okser is a frequent guest at many music festivals, masterclasses, competitions, and concert series, including Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, U. K.; Chopin National University in Warsaw, Poland; Todi International Music Festival, Italy; Kaufmann Music Center, New York; Latvian Academy of Music in Riga; Changsha Music Competition, China; Valencia International Piano Festival, Spain; Piano Island Festival, Singapore; International piano festival in Universidad de Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, Israel; Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory: Tbilisi, Georgia; SUMY International Festival (Ukraine); Rachmaninov Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia; Isidor Bajic Piano Competition – Novi Sad, Serbia; XX Scriabin International Competition – Grosetto, Italy; XVI Compositores des Espagna – Madrid, Spain; Piano Competition “Vals de travers” – Nouchatel, Switzerland; XI MozArte Piano Competition – Aachen, Germany; XI Lyon International Piano Competition – Lyon, France; Palais Auersperg in Vienna, Austria, and Paderewski and Chopin International Competitions in the United States and Poland.

Hailed by New York Times as "enticing and brilliant", Michael Bulychev-Okser debuted with Manhattan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jonathan Strasser. Michael has performed thousands of solos, chamber, and orchestral concerts, collaborating with conductors like Kynan Johns (USA), Dmitri Yablonsky (Israel), and Robert Lehrbaumer (Austria).

Critics praise Michael's "imaginative and intelligent style" (David Dubal), "Ellegance and grace the piano is destined to produce" (Cosmo Buono), and "Sheer poetry and panoramic vision" (Las Provincias, Valencia).

Bulychev-Okser's extensive piano career has showcased him in solo recitals and orchestra appearances around the globe in the world's most prestigious stages: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), La Salle Pleyel (Paris), Wigmore Hall (London), Heichal Hatarbut (Tel Aviv), The Saal Palace (Alexandria), IBK Concert Hall (Seoul), and Universidad Nuevo Leon (Monterrey).

Concert season 2023-2024 features Bulychev-Okser performance of Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto with legendary Shlomo Mintz, solo recitals at Sala Baldini in Rome, Nanjing Hall in China, and at Washington International Piano Festival, D.C., and appearances with Estonian National Orchestra and Reus Chamber Orchestra in Spain.

Bulychev-Okser’s commitment to initiating multi-cultural musical forums and curating concert series has inspired him to establish George Gershwin International Music Competition in New York, and Classical Hugs International Music Festival, a large-scale annual event, presenting master classes, lectures, and concerts in 4 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland.