Michael Bochmann MBE
Professorial Staff - Violin & String Chamber Music
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Dance
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444
Area of WorkStrings Department
Michael Bochmann is leader of the Bochmann String Quartet, concertmaster of the English String Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra, soloist and teacher. As a student with Frederick Grinke at the Royal Academy of Music, Michael was a finalist and winner of the British Prize in the 1972 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. A year later, he was a prizewinner in the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris. Soon after this he made his first solo broadcasts for the BBC. At this time he also received lessons from Henryk Szeryng and Sandor Vegh. In 1977 he founded the Bochmann String Quartet, which made over 50 BBC Radio and Television broadcasts. In February 1990 Michael partnered Sir Yehudi Menuhin in the Bach Double Violin Concerto in a tour of 16 concerts throughout the USA and Canada. Michael's services to music were recognised with an MBE awarded in 2015.
Michael has passionate beliefs about the way in which music is thought of in the present day and this has led him to develop various educational projects. These include setting up several series of masterclasses and since 1994, he has coached young professional quartets and string players on intensive residential courses held at his home.