"His fine ear and mature understanding of the works informs his gestures and his interaction with the orchestra musicians. They cannot help but to respond to his passion and his exceptional musicianship."
"Bolkhovets exercised his [...] task with effortless efficiency."
The fast-rising young Swedish conductor Sergej Bolkhovets established himself as a compelling talent. During the 2022–23 season, he has made debuts with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Swedish Royal Opera, Stockholm Folkoperan, and Luzern Sinfonieorchester in addition to a re-engagement with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Previously, between 2020 and 2022, he was the Kapellmeister at the Gothenburg Opera, where he will return in 2024 for a production of Donizetti’s Viva la mamma. Next season, in 2023–24, Bolkhovets makes debuts with the Norrlandsoperan and Helsingborg Symphony.
In recent seasons, Bolkhovets has also conducted the Bamberger Symphoniker, BBC Scottish Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, BBC Philharmonic, Red Note Ensemble, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Norrlandsoperan, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta, and Dalasinfoniettan.
Previously, Bolkhovets took part in a masterclass at the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich with David Zinman, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera, and London Sinfonietta. He was a conducting fellow at the Verbier Festival, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Before turning to conducting, Bolkhovets had a career as a violinist where he played as guest concertmaster in leading European orchestras, as well as in the violin section of the Berliner Philharmoniker.