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The famous pianist, conductor and great musician George Hadjinikos wrote of Michael: “A musician, who by insisting on drawing humbly from the well of life and nature, is continuously perceptive and has ever more to offer”.
Michael is asked to perform on both a national and international basis. His great musical skill is complimented by his excellent communication skills which make him a popular and accessible performer. He enjoys adapting to a wide variety of performance venues: from playing in world-class concert halls, to performing at care homes for the elderly and working with young people.
On ”The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams
Bochmann plays it with unaffected ease and a natural appreciation of its poetry. His tone is pure and steady even at the stratospheric height to which the lark takes him.
Penguin Guide to CDs
Sir Yehudi Menuhin said of Michael: “Michael’s great expertise lies not only in his chamber music but also in his long and effective experience in leading, coaching and bringing ensembles – small and large – to a high degree of perfection and expressiveness. There is no-one I could recommend for this task with greater conviction that I do Michael Bochmann”.
Michael, most notably among his many collaborations, founded the Bochmann String Quartet and has held a 23 year position as concertmaster of the English String Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra. He has enjoyed numerous creative collaborations (performing and making recordings) with fellow musical partners including Michael Blackmore (piano), David Watkins (harp) and Adam Khan (guitar). Michael is also Patron of Live Music Now, Cirencester Recorded Music Society, South Birmingham Sinfonia and Chamber Music at Worcester. He has initiated music clubs in Worcester, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton and Burford.