Pokhanovski is a top prizewinner of ten prestigious international violin
competitions including the Paganini in Genova, Sarasate in Pamplona, Wieniawski in Poznan, CIEM in Geneva among others, and was the Grand Prix Winner of the 1990 Scheveningen
International Violin Competition. He is also a twice recipient of the prestigious Canada
Council National Career Development Grant, as well as a multiple recipient of Conseil
des Arts du Quebec and Manitoba Arts Council Grants. In 2022, Oleg became a Gold medalist at the Grand Maestro International competition, and received also the Platinum Award at the Trinity International competition.
Pokhanovski has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel, and Russia, giving
over 2000 concerts in total. He has been presented in the Carnegie Recital Hall, the
Grand Hall in Moscow, the Concertgebouw, Knight Hall in Prague, Place des Arts in
Montréal and others. His solo appearances with orchestra included the Moscow
Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, The Hague Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montréal
Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras. His concerts brought rave reviews
claiming him “Russian Paganini” and describing his playing as “brilliant”,
“phenomenal”, “outstanding”, and “extraordinary”. He has also been invited to perform
on national television and radio in Russia, Serbia, Poland, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Mr. Pokhanovski has appeared in the International Virtuosi Series in Germany, International Music Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine, Domaine Forget in Quebec, Centara New Music, Agassiz Summer Chamber Music, Orford and Pender Harbour Music festivals in Canada. He is a Founder and Artistic Director of the “Oleg and Friends” concert series in Winnipeg.
Dr. Pokhanovski is also in much demand as a pedagogue and presently holds the
position of Professor of Violin at the University of Manitoba.
Oleg Pokhanovski made over 200 virtuosic transcriptions for violin and piano, as
well as other instruments. Many of them can be heard on his CDs: The Mirror Image and
Pokhanovski’s deep admiration for the great musicians of the past, Heifetz,
Hofmann, Rubinstein, Milstein, Kreisler, and others is evident in his sensitive, passionate
style of playing. “Pokhanovski’s high-energy performances are characterized by an
unmistakeably genuine passion for the music. Urgent, serious and heartfelt – all words
that aptly describe Oleg Pokhanovski’s playing” (Gwenda Nemerofsky, Winnipeg Free