Oleg Pokhanovski began his career as a violinist giving his first performance with the Kuybyshev Symphony in Russia. At 10, he was accepted into renowned Special Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow and later studied at the Moscow State Conservatory. Invited to move to the United States, he received full scholarships at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music studying with Dorothy DeLay, Pinchas Zukerman and Ani Kavafian, and took part in the “Solisti dal Mondo” program under Taras Gabora.
Oleg Pokhanovski is a top prizewinner of eight prestigious International Violin Competitions including the Paganini in Genova, Sarasate in Pamplona, Scheveningen International Violin Competition and CIEM in Geneva among others.
Pokhanovski has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Russia including prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Recital Hall, the Grand Hall in Moscow, the Concertgebouw, Knight Hall in Prague, Place des Arts in Montréal. His solo appearances with orchestra included the Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, The Hague Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montréal Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras.
Oleg recordings and live performances have been broadcast in Russia, Serbia, Poland, Canada and the Netherlands. As a chamber musician he has appeared in the International Virtuosi Series in Germany, International Music Academy in Kiev, 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. In much demand as a pedagogue he presently holds the position of Professor of Violin at the University of Manitoba, having previously held the same position at the Lake State Superior University in Michigan.
Oleg Pokhanovski made over 100 virtuosic transcriptions for violin and piano, as well other instruments. His 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.