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BirdOnAPiano presents the World Premiere of Baroque to Rock

October 22 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


BirdOnAPiano presents the World Premiere of Baroque to Rock on Tuesday, October 22, 2024 at 7pm in the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org, or at the Box Office on 57th and Seventh Avenue.

Baroque to Rock is a musical experience featuring internationally acclaimed musicians Christie Julien and Alexander Markov that takes you on a journey through the centuries. This innovative collaboration transcends genres, seamlessly weaving together the timeless elegance of baroque, classical, and romantic masterpieces with the raw energy of rock music.

Transporting the audience from the refined courts of Europe to the electrifying stages of contemporary rock, each piece has been meticulously selected to showcase the versatility and brilliance of its stars, inviting listeners to rediscover familiar melodies in a fresh, exhilarating light. The program blends iconic works of classical masters – including Vivaldi, Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Prokofiev – with the nostalgia and showmanship of rock music. The concert culminates with original rock compositions by Markov himself performed on a one-of-a-kind gold-plated, electric violin and accompanied by chamber orchestra and youth chorus.

This unique fusion of musical styles and sensibilities is sure to be unlike any other concert experience you’ve had before. Join us this October for the world premiere of a musical voyage like no other where past meets present, and the magic of music knows no bounds. Expect the unexpected! For more information, visit https://www.baroquetorock.org/.

“As a devoted patron of the arts, I am immensely proud to support ‘Baroque to Rock’ in its debut at Carnegie Hall this October. This unique event promises to captivate audiences with its masterful blend of classical and contemporary music, featuring unique and exceptional instruments. I am confident that this concert will offer families and children a delightful and accessible introduction to the enduring splendor of classical music, reimagined with a modern twist.” — Marina Kellen French, Founding Investor

“This project has been an extraordinary journey for me. I met Alexander many years ago at a festival in the French Alps, and never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that we would one day perform together at Carnegie Hall. ‘Baroque to Rock’ has presented a distinctive challenge in curating a repertoire that will resonate with the audience while allowing us the creative freedom to explore diverse musical styles that we’re sure will prove captivating. While I have played in many of the most prestigious concert halls throughout the world, Carnegie Hall stands as the pinnacle of concert venues, and I am truly in awe of this opportunity.” — Christie Julien

“I always want to avoid academic and predictable concerts so Baroque To Rock is a perfect opportunity to do something fresh, innovative and passionate that connects with everyone. BTR transcends generations and musical tastes. I’m extremely excited to share my vision in concert at the legendary Carnegie Hall and to take the audience on an exciting musical journey through the centuries. Performing with the brilliant pianist Christie Julien, masterpieces by legendary composers and ending the concert with an original composition featuring the unique, gold electric violin….expect the unexpected!” — Alexander Markov

This event was made possible through the generosity of Family Combes Foundation, Maison Barnes/ Cafe Boulud and Champagne Billecart – Salmon.


C.W. GLUCK – Melodie from the opera “Orpheus”violin, harpsichord and strings

A. VIVALDI – Excerpts from The Four Seasons violin, harpsichord and strings

W.A. MOZART – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 1. Allegro, chamber ensemble

L. van BEETHOVEN – 1. Adagio sostenuto from the “Moonlight Sonata” Op. 27 No. 2 piano and strings

P. de SARASATE – The Carmen Fantasy based on the opera by Georges Bizet, Op. 25 violin, piano, double bass and percussion


F. CHOPIN – Nocturne no. 2 in D flat major, Op. 27 solo piano Nocturne no. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 9 solo piano

N. PAGANINI – Caprice no. 24 in A minor, Op. 1 solo violin F. SCHUBERT – “Ave Maria” arr. for violin and piano

S. PROKOFIEV – “Dance of the Knights” from the ballet Romeo and Juliette, arr. for violin and piano

A. KHACHATURIAN – “Sabre Dance” from the ballet Gayane, arr. for violin and piano

A. MARKOV – “The Grand Finale” featuring the gold electric violin with piano, orchestra and group

1. Excerpt from “Caesar”

2. “Let’s Have Fun” with the Youth Choir of Sacred Heart University, directed by Christopher Grundy

Artist Bios

Recipient of the Yamaha Grant and the Lavoisier Grant by the French government, Christie Julien received her first piano and chamber music prizes at the Paris Conservatoire national supérieur de musique, where she studied with Dominique Merlet, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Alain Planès and Hortense Cartier-Bresson. She was subsequently invited to study with Léon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory at John’s Hopkins University, where she was the recipient of a full scholarship, graduating with the Conservatory’s prestigious “Artist Diploma.”

She cut her teeth as a soloist in the United States with the National Symphony Orchestra playing Bartok’s 3rd Piano Concerto under the direction of Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Tim Page of the Washington Post called Julien’s playing “full of strength and poetic abstraction.” A passionate chamber musician, she has been invited to the festivals of Santa Fe, La Jolla, Great Lakes, Ohrid, and Ravinia, among others, and has given multiple concerts at Shriver Hall in Baltimore. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, the Nouveau Siècle in Lille, the Compiègne’s Théâtre impérial, and Paris’ Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel as well as at the Louvre auditorium. A committed educator, she teaches in Paris and regularly gives masterclasses in such places as China, Japan, the United States and Canada. She is a member of the Long-Thibaud Prize’s artistic committee.

Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the world’s most captivating and versatile musicians with over 20 million views on YouTube. Whether performing as a soloist with prestigious orchestras at major concert halls around the world or playing at sports arenas in front of 25,000 people at an NBA game on his gold electric violin, Alexander Markov always makes an instant connection with his audiences.

Sir Yehudi Menuhin has written, “He is without doubt one of the most brilliant and musical of violinists…Alexander Markov will certainly leave his mark on the music lovers of the world and in the annals of the violin virtuosi of our day.” Awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1987, Markov made his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1983. A Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, he has appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Montreal Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Markov has performed with such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Franz Welser-Möst and Ivan Fischer, and has been sharing stages with Martha Argerich and other luminaries.

Markov’s musical journey goes beyond his work as a classical violin soloist. While attending high school, he discovered and fell in love with rock music – a love affair that merged with his first love, classical music. He has co-written The Rock Concerto with James V. Remington, who also custom-designed Markov’s gold, 6-string electric violin. Built by Barry Lipman, the new, patented electric violin is one-of-a-kind and has a unique sound, capable of creating extreme contrasts; from the soft and sweet to powerful and dramatic. The project’s vision is to bridge a gap between rock and classical audiences and attract young people who might otherwise never go to a symphony. Markov continues to write numerous new compositions combining classical and rock genres featuring the electric violin, orchestra, rock group, and choir.

Alexander Markov was born in Moscow and studied violin with his father, concert violinist Albert Markov. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and in double concertos with his father. The father and son team still perform together in duo-program repertoire in concert halls worldwide. Markov emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and received his United States citizenship in 1982.


October 22
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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