- Schwarz & Bournaki
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.
Concerto da Camera in c#, Op. 10, #2
Concerto #4 in B-flat
Concerto in d, BWV 974
Concerto #5 in f, BWV 1056
Concerto #1 in C, Op. 15
Concerto #3 in c, Op. 37
Concerto #5 in E-flat, Op. 73 ("Emperor")
Concerto in C, Op. 56 ("Triple")
Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
Concerto #1 in e, Op. 11
Concerto #2 in f, Op. 21
Concerto in F
Concerto in a, Op. 16
Concerto in D, Hob. XVIII: 11
Concerto #17 in G, K. 453
Concerto #20 in d, K. 466
Concerto #23 in A, K. 488
Concerto #3 in C, Op. 26
Concerto #2 in c, Op. 18
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Concerto in G
Concerto in a, Op. 54
Concerto #1 in c, Op. 35
Concerto #1 in b-flat, Op. 23
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. SCHUMANN 1810-2010”
Concerto in a, Op. 54 (audio and video)
I AM NOT A ROCK STAR (2012)
Canadian Screen Awards-winning documentary by Bobbi Jo Hall
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)
EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Greensboro, NC)
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Mozart: Piano Concerto #23
BARGEMUSIC (Brooklyn, NY)
“Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Part II”
BOZEMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Reynolds Recital Hall, Montana State University
THE SYMPHONIA (Boca Raton, FL)
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Mozart: Piano Concerto #20
JACKSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (MI)
Matthew Aubin, conductor
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #1
THE EMBASSY SERIES (Washington, DC)
Embassy of Austria
Duo-Recital with Julian Schwarz, cellist
THE MUSICAL CLUB OF HARTFORD (CT)
Westminster Presbyterian Church (West Hartford)