Marika Bournaki
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John Novacek

Described as “the Celine Dion of classical” by The Huffington Post, MARIKA BOURNAKI is at once a world-class performer, dazzling pianist, vivacious young woman and one of the freshest faces on the classical music scene. Ms. Bournaki not only brings distinctive interpretations to favorite standards, but extends her passion for music by commissioning works from younger composers and collaborating with artists from various fields.

Marika Bournaki has appeared as guest soloist with the symphony orchestras of Montréal, Quebec and St. Petersburg along with Romania’s Timisoara Filharmonica, Switzerland’s Verbier Chamber Orchestra and Canada’s Orchestre Métropolitain. In addition to a benefit recital for the Glenn Gould Foundation at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, she has been presented in solo recitals and chamber music collaborations throughout the United States, Canada and the world, including Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Switzerland and South Korea.

A devoted chamber musician, Marika Bournaki performs regularly at Brooklyn’s Bargemusic, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Frankly Music series in Milwaukee, while serving on the faculties of the Eastern Music Festival and Canada’s Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance. She tours internationally with duo partner cellist Julian Schwarz, and together won 1st prize in the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s “The Art of Duo.” Ms. Bournaki is also a member of the Mile-End Trio with Mr. Schwarz and violinist Jeffrey Multer.

The award-winning documentary “I am Not a Rock Star,” featuring Marika Bounaki and directed by Bobbi Jo Hart, has captivated international audiences of all ages. The feature-length film chronicles Ms. Bournaki’s evolution as an artist from the age of 12 to 20. A runaway success at multiple film festivals throughout the world, screenings of “I am Not a Rock Star” and solo performances were recently presented in Chicago, Dallas, Memphis, Miami, Napa Valley, Palm Springs, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as in Greece, México and Spain. The film has also been seen in Greece (ERT), The Netherlands (NTS), Norway (NRK), Sweden (SVT) the United Kingdom (BBC4), Australia (SBS) and New Zealand (Sky). The documentary is the recipient of awards for Best Arts Documentary and Best Editing from the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.

Marika Bournaki’s innovative approach to her art and performance is reflected in a number of multimedia projects intended to reach out to new audiences. Additionally, her role as Ambassador to the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’s summer event, “A Cool Classical Journey,” afforded new and stimulating ways to share her music with the public.

Marika Bournaki holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where her principal teachers were Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. She makes her home in New York City.

www.marikabournaki.com

[CHAMBER ENSEMBLE REPERTOIRE FOLLOWS CONCERTO LIST]

ALKAN                                 

Concerto da Camera in c#, Op. 10, #2

BACH, J.C.                            

Concerto #4 in B-flat

BACH, J.S.

Concerto in d, BWV 974
Concerto #5 in f, BWV 1056

BEETHOVEN

Concerto #1 in C, Op. 15
Concerto #2 in B-flat, Op. 19
Concerto #2 in B-flat, Op. 19
Concerto #3 in c, Op. 37
Concerto #5 in E-flat, Op. 73 ("Emperor")
Concerto in C, Op. 56 ("Triple")

CHOPIN

Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
Concerto #1 in e, Op. 11
Concerto #2 in f, Op. 21

FALLA

Nights in the Gardens of Spain

GERSHWIN

Concerto in F

GRIEG

Concerto in a, Op. 16

HAYDN

Concerto in D, Hob. XVIII: 11

MOZART

Concerto #9 in E-flat, K. 271
Concerto #17 in G, K. 453
Concerto #18 in B-flat, K. 456
Concerto #20 in d, K. 466
Concerto #21 in C, K. 467
Concerto #23 in A, K. 488
Concerto #24 in c, K. 491

PROKOFIEV

Concerto #3 in C, Op. 26

RACHMANINOFF

Concerto #2 in c, Op. 18
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

RAVEL

Concerto in G

SCHUMANN

Concerto in a, Op. 54

SHOSTAKOVICH

Concerto #1 in c, Op. 35

TCHAIKOVSKY

Concerto #1 in b-flat, Op. 23

 

BEETHOVEN  Piano Trio #1 in E-flat, Op. 1, #1
Piano Trio #3 in c, Op. 1, #3
Piano Trio #4 in D, Op. 70, #1 (“Ghost”)
Piano Trio #6 in B-flat, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)
Quintet in E-Flat for Piano & Winds, Op. 16
BRAHMS  Clarinet Trio in a, Op. 114
Piano Trio #1 in B, Op. 8
Piano Trio #3 in c, Op. 101
Piano Quartet #3 in c, Op. 60
Piano Quintet in f, Op. 34
DVORÁK   Piano Trio #3 in f, Op. 65
ELGAR Piano Quintet in a, Op. 84
FAURÉ Piano Quartet #1 in c, Op. 15
FRANCAIX   Quartet for Piano & 3 Clarinets
FRUCHT, P.   Music for Piano Trio
GLINKA   Trio pathétique in d for Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano
HAYDN   Piano Trio #27 in A-flat, Hob. XV:14
KORNGOLD   Piano Quintet in E, Op. 15
KREIN, A. Elegie for Piano Trio
LIEBERMANN   Trio #1 for Flute, Cello & Piano
MENDELSSOHN   Piano Trio #1 in d, Op. 49
Piano Trio #2 in c, Op. 66
MILHAUD    Sonata for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe & Piano, Op. 47
MOZART    Piano Trio #4 in E, K. 542
Piano Quartet #1 in g, K. 478
Piano Quartet #2 in E-flat, K. 493
Quintet in E-flat for Piano & Winds, K. 452
POULENC   Trio for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano
Sextet for Piano & Woodwind Quintet
RAVEL   Piano Trio in a
SCHOENFIELD   Café Music (piano trio)
SCHUBERT   Piano Trio #2 in E-flat, D. 929
SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47
Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 44
SHOSTAKOVICH   Piano Trio #2 in e, Op. 67
SMETANA   Piano Trio in g, Op. 15
STUTSCHEWSKY   Hassidic Fantasy for Clarinet Trio
Klezmer Wedding Music for Piano Trio
THEOFANIDIS   O Vis Aeternitatus for Piano Quintet
WEBER   Trio in g for Flute, Cello & Piano
Great Mozart Piano Work

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. SCHUMANN 1810-2010”

Concerto in a, Op. 54 (audio and video)
Vladimir Lande/St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Variations on A-B-E-G-G, Op. 1
Widmung (arr. Liszt)
Arabeske in C, Op. 18

Great Mozart Piano Work

I AM NOT A ROCK STAR (2012)

Canadian Screen Awards-winning documentary by Bobbi Jo Hall

Marika played the Mozart 466 with me this afternoon. It was an exceptional performance! As you know, I’ve played this concerto with some of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, and Marika’s performance was on a level with the greatest of them all. I simple cannot express the thrill I had listening to her and her exquisite Chopin encore. Everyone felt the same way about her performance. What a triumph - and with Mozart!

GERARD SCHWARZ (guest conductor, The SYMPHONIA - Boca Raton, FL)

Right from the first bars of the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Schwarz brought out the storm and drama in the music with the principal themes spun in brisk strokes. Soloist Marika Bournaki exhibited a deft touch. Her runs were smoothly articulated and she played with impressive vitality. She displayed pounding power in the cadenza, leavened by nicely contrasted variety of dynamics and bold phrasing. Bournaki’s fleet rendition of the final Rondo was invigorating and Schwarz integrated the orchestral and keyboard lines, keeping the ensemble to the fore without overpowering the soloist.

SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW

The Celine Dion of classical

THE HUFFINGTON POST

Marika Bournaki dazzled the crowd.

THE TORONTO STAR

The pianist Marika Bournaki, graceful and fiery, is fascinating. She kissed Schumann’s A minor Concerto with subtlety and vitality, navigating the piano’s pedals with her high-heels, her forehead furrowed in concentration, her eyes animated by flaming passion. Ms. Bournaki was applauded enthusiastically and, as an encore, gave us the Romance by Schumann, a piece full of melancholy and beauty, that was entirely to our heart’s content.

LE SOLEIL (Quebec City)

A performance of outstanding maturity

AACHENER ZEITUNG (Germany)

Marika channels Glenn Gould’s spirit like no other.

IDEA CITY (Toronto)

Her playing projects intensity and self-confidence.

EL UNIVERSAL (México)

Forget the Barbie doll in a glittering dress. Forget her young age. When she entered the stage, dressed in a black jacket and pants, her long blond hair simply thrown over her shoulders, we understood already that this young woman was there for the right reasons, with intense determination. Mozart [Concerto #23] seemed perfectly suited to her musical sensibility, especially the second movement. In her delicate touch and extreme care taken in her execution, we felt her soul. It was moving. Truly, there is something unique about her ability to create a long legato line, while articulating each matched pearl. When her fingers drew the melody, she was stringing a necklace of notes. We discovered this evening that Marika is a serious interpreter, who combines in her playing elegance and precision.

LE SOLEIL (Quebec City)

Marika Bournaki exuded passion all evening.

LA PRESSE (Montréal)

9/23/2018 (2pm)

BARGEMUSIC (Brooklyn, NY)

The Barge

“Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part III”
Piano Sonatas #5, 16, 18

10/6/2018 (7:30pm)

BOZEMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Reynolds Recital Hall, Montana State University

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #17
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien
Poulenc: Trois novelettes
Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies
Chopin: Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise

10/26/2018 (7pm)

BARGEMUSIC (Brooklyn, NY)

The Barge

“Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part IV”
Piano Sonatas #4, 22, 8

11/17/2018 (6pm)

BARGEMUSIC (Brooklyn, NY)

The Barge

“Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part V”
Piano Sonatas #2, 14, 30

12/2/2018 (3pm)

THE SYMPHONIA (Boca Raton, FL)

Gerard Schwarz, conductor
The Roberts Theatre at Andrews Hall, St. Andrew’s School

Mozart: Piano Concerto #20

1/4/2019 (7pm)
1/5/2019 (8pm)
1/6/2019 (4pm)

BARGEMUSIC (Brooklyn, NY)

The Barge

Weiser: Silent for the Rain (world premiere)
with Julian Schwarz, cellist

3/22/2019 (7:30pm)
3/23/2019 (7:30pm)
3/24/2019 (2pm)

JACKSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MI)

Matthew Aubin, conductor
Weatherwax Hall

Beethoven: Piano Concerto #1

3/29/2019 (7:30pm)

THE EMBASSY SERIES (Washington, DC)

Embassy of Austria

Duo-Recital with Julian Schwarz, cellist
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
Webern: 2 Pieces
Webern: Drei Kleine Stücke
Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata
Beethoven: Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen
Danzi: Fantasy on La ci darem la mano
Stutschewsky: Legend
Stutschewsky: Frejlachs Tanzparaphrase
Korngold/Schwarz: 4 Movements from Much Ado About Nothing

4/4/2019 (10am)

THE MUSICAL CLUB OF HARTFORD (CT)

Westminster Presbyterian Church (West Hartford)

I Am Not A Rock Star (award-winning documentary film on Marika Bournaki)

4/11/2019 (10am)

THE MUSICAL CLUB OF HARTFORD (CT)

Westminster Presbyterian Church (West Hartford)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #19
Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #17
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien

5/5/2019 (4pm)

BARGEMUSIC (Brooklyn, NY)

The Barge

“Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part VI”
Piano Sonatas #9, 10, 3

6/9/2019 (4pm)

BARGEMUSIC (Brooklyn, NY)

The Barge

“Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part VII”
Piano Sonatas #27, 25
Andante favori
Piano Sonata #21

6/24/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

Recital Hall, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Franck: Violin Sonata
with Nigel Armstrong, violinist

6/25/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

Dana Auditorium, Guilford College

Mozart: Piano Quartet #2
with Jeffrey Multer, violinist
Ben Geller, violist
Julian Schwarz, cellist

7/1/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

Recital Hall, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Beethoven: Piano Trio #4
with Jeffrey Multer, violinist
Ben Geller, violist

7/2/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

Dana Auditorium, Guilford College

Frucht Music for Piano Trio
with Avi Nagin, violinist
Julian Schwarz, cellist
Sehested: Septet (U.S. premiere)
with Fabian Lopez, violinist
Uli Speth, violinist
Diane Phoenix-Neal, violist
Amy Frost Baumgarten, cellist
Marc Facci, double-bassist
Chris Gekker, cornetist

7/9/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

Dana Auditorium, Guilford College

Liebermann: Flute Trio #1
with Jake Fridkis, flutist
Julian Schwarz, cellist

7/15/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

Recital Hall, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Schumann: Fantasiestücke
with Neal Cary, cellist

7/18/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

José-Luis Novo, conductor
Dana Auditorium, Guilford College

Schumann: Piano Concerto

7/22/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

Recital Hall, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Mozart: Quintet for Piano & Winds
with Randall Ellis, oboist
Shannon Scott, clarinetist
George Sakakeeny, bassoonist
Kevin Reid, hornist

7/23/2019 (8pm)

EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)

Dana Auditorium, Guilford College

Theofanidis: O Vis Aeternitatis
with Cathy Cary, violinist
Iona Galu, violinist
Diane Phoenix-Neal, violist
Martha Simidtchieva, cellist

9/28/2019 (7:30pm)
9/29/2019 (2:30pm)

BOZEMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MT)

Stafan Sanders, conductor
Willson Auditorium

Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

11/9/2019 (5pm)

ARTS AT ABINGDON

Duo-Recital with Julian Schwarz, cellist
Abingdon Episcopal Church (Gloucester, VA)

12/8/2019 (2:30pm)

XAVIER UNIVERSITY (Cincinnati, OH)

Gallagher Student Center Auditorium

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #17
Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien
Brahms: 2 Rhapsodies
Poulenc: Trois novelettes
Chopin: Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise

1/11/2020 (7:30pm)

TOPEKA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (KS)

Kyle Wiley Pickett, conductor
White Concert Hall, Garavey Fine Arts Center, Washburn Universit

Mozart: Piano Concerto #21

1/18/2020 (7:30pm)

SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MO)

Kyle Wiley Pickett, conductor
Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

Mozart: Piano Concerto #21

1/22/2020 (7pm)

PALM BEACH SYMPHONY (FL)

Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach)

Poulenc: Piano Sextet
Mozart: Piano/Winds Quintet

3/21/2020 (7pm)

DULUTH SUPERIOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MN)

Dirk Meyer, conductor
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Auditorium

Mozart: Piano Concerto #23

3/29/2020 (3pm)

THE SYMPHONIA (Boca Raton, FL)

Laura Jackson, conductor
The Roberts Theatre at Andrews Hall, St. Andrew’s School

Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3

4/5/2020 (2:30pm)

FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC STOCKTON (CA)

Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific

Poulenc: Piano Sextet
Beethoven: Piano/Winds Quintet
with Frisson
Ji Won Ryu, flutist
Tom Gallant, oboist
Bixby Kennedy, clarinetist
Remy Taghavi, bassoonist
Trevor Nuckols, hornist

4/25/2020 (7:30pm)

ARTS IN THE VILLAGE (Rehoboth, MA)

Duo-Recital with Julian Schwarz, cellist
Goff Memorial Hall

Debussy: Cello Sonata
Brahms: Cello Sonata #1
Ravel: Sonatine (solo piano)
Bloch: Méditation hébraïque
Chopin: Introduction & Polonaise

5/2/2020 (8pm)

SINFONIA TORONTO (Canada)

Nurhan Arman, conductor
George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Center

Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3

5/15/2020 (7:30pm)

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF BETHLEHEM (PA)

Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College

Mozart: Piano/Winds Quintet
Schubert: Trout Quintet
with Frisson
Tom Gallant, oboist
Bixby Kennedy, clarinetist
Remy Taghavi, bassoonist
Trevor Nuckols, hornist 
Adelya Nartadjieva, violinist
Caeli Smith, violist
Julian Schwarz, cellist
Sam Suggs, double-bassist

Mozart: Piano Concerto #20 in d, K. 466 (mvt. III: Rondo)

Sinfonia Toronto, Nurhan Arman, conductor
2018

Kapustin: Concert Etude, Op. 40, #1 (“Prelude”)

Studio 12, Radio-Canada (Montréal)
2013

Schumann: Variations on A-B-E-G-G, Op. 1

Studio 12, Radio-Canada (Montréal)
2011

Schumann/Liszt: Widmung

Studio 12, Radio-Canada (Montréal)
2008

J.S. Bach: English Suite #2 in a, BWV 807 (mvt. I: Prelude)

Marika Bournaki plays on Glenn Gould’s Piano
Canadian Museum of Civilization (Ottawa)
2007

I Am Not a Rock Star 

movie trailer, produced by Adobe Productions
2014