Egor Egorkin

Born in St Petersburg

Member since 2013-08-27


2 Prize winner of the International Theobald Böhm Competition 2011

“The piccolo rarely appears as a solo instrument. There aren’t many concertos written for it. As an orchestral musician, you need the ability to stand out very quicky and expressively when playing solo, while adapting to the overall sound of the orchestra. Most of the time the sound of the piccolo has to blend with other instruments, for example – as in Mahler’s First Symphony – with the oboe. These are the biggest challenges for the piccolo player.”

Egor Egorkin owes the fact that he is a flautist to his parents. As he suffered more colds than was usual when he was a child, they thought playing the flute would strengthen his lungs. The St. Petersburg-born musician, who loved his instrument from the very beginning, received his first flute lessons from Vladimir Ushakov when he was six. From 2004 to 2010, he studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Olga Chernjadjewa. In 2006/2007, the Maria Pavlovna-scholarship enabled him to attend the Liszt School of Music in Weimar, where he was a student of Wally Hase (flute) and Benjamin Plag (piccolo). In 2010 he returned to Weimar for his post-graduate studies.

The second prize winner of the International Theobald Böhm competition for flute and alto flute in 2011, Egor Egorkin gained orchestral experience parallel to his studies, initially as piccoloist and 3rd flute in the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra (2008-2010) and later as a substitute in the Gewandhaus Orchestra (2010-2011) and in the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he was a student from 2011 to 2013. In September 2013 he takes on the long vacant piccolo position with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In his spare time, Egor Egorkin combines his passion for music and IT technology by composing electronic music.