Emilio Percan

Emilio Percan has been performing as soloist and concertmaster with various European orchestras since 2006, collaborating with such artists as Viktoria Mullova, Daniel Hope (double concertos), Simone Kermes, Dorothee Mields, Ivry Gittlis, Maurice Steger, Julia Lezhneva, Vivica Genaux, Edita Gruberova, Daniel Müller-Schott, and Chen Reiss. He has had numerous engagements throughout Europe and in South America, Japan, China, Israel, and the USA in venues such as Teatro Colon – Buenos Aires, Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic i.a. He has recorded over 20 CDs for Deutsche Grammophon, DECCA, SONY, Harmonia Mundi, Capriccio, Pan Classics, and Onyx Classics. In 2017 he recorded Johannes Brahm's violin concerto op. 77 and symphony op. 90 as a conductor and soloist. The recording was internationally highly acclaimed for the new approach to sound and the quality of interpretation: “The exceptional recording is also a great aid in conveying Percan's ideas of period sound, and the front and center placement of the violin in the concerto allows every note to be heard, cleanly and crisply“.

Apart from his performing activity Emilio Percan is a passionate pedagogue teaching young artists all over the world. He was appointed guest professor for violin and chamber music at the Moscow State University for Art and Culture in 2012, he has been teaching the violin at the University of Music and the Performing Arts Graz since March 2015 and was appointed at the “Kalaidos” music academy in Zurich in 2020. Emilio Percan is the artistic director of the International Music Masterclasses – Summer school in collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales since 2013.

Emilio Percan received his first violin instruction at the age of seven in Skopje, Macedonia. A master class of the former Kogan pupil Isabela Golovina impressed him so profoundly that he began studying with her in Moscow in 1999. In 2001 Emilio Percan finally arrived at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, where he studied violin with Prof. Pieter Daniel (a pupil of Henryk Szeryng and Dorothy Delay), chamber music with Prof. Dirk Mommertz (Fauré Piano Quartet) and baroque violin with Stephan Schardt (Musica Antiqua Cologne).