Hailed by New York Times as "enticing and brilliant", Michael Bulychev-Okser is one of the most thought-after pianists of his generation. Critics and musicians praise Michael's “impeccable piano technique” (Shlomo Mintz), "imaginative and intelligent style" (David Dubal), "Elegance and grace the piano is destined to produce" (Cosmo Buono), "Sheer poetry and panoramic vision" (Las Provincias, Valencia).
Bulychev-Okser's extensive piano career has showcased him in solo recitals in the world's most prestigious stages: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), La Salle Pleyel (Paris), Wigmore Hall (London), Heichal Hatarbut (Tel Aviv), The Saal Palace (Alexandria), IBK Concert Hall (Seoul), and Universidad Nuevo Leon (Monterrey). Bulychev-Okser's discography includes recordings of Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata and "Goyeskas" by Granados (RCA label), "Transcriptions from Past to Future" (Neue Sterne, Germany), and "Music by living New York composers", recorded live at the Barge Music Festival in New York. Recordings 2021 include a new album on Odradek Records label. Winner of many competitions, including Artists International, Michael has been featured on CBS and Channel 12 programs and WQXR and WWFM radio stations, in addition to international media: TV1 (Russia), TV3 (Estonia), RAI 1 (Italy), and Nippon TV (Japan). An avid chamber musician, Michael Bulychev-Okser collaborated with pianists Yuja Wang, Olga Kern, Dmitri Bashkirov, Daniel Pollack; violinists Shlomo Mintz, Pierre Amoyal, and Albert Markov, cellist Raphael Wallfisch; violist Alexander Zemtsov; and Metropolitan Opera soprano, Olga Makarina.
Michael Bulychev-Okser is a Doctor of Music Arts (Rutgers University), and has obtained his other degrees at The Juilliard School and New York University. Bulychev-Okser’s commitment to initiating multi-cultural musical forums and curating concert series has inspired him to establish George Gershwin International Music Competition in New York, and Alion Baltic International Music Festival, a large-scale annual event, presenting master classes, lectures, and concerts in four countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland.
An educator with 20 years of experience, Michael Bulychev-Okser has been teaching piano and chamber ensembles to a variety of students aged 7-36. Bulychev-Okser held teaching positions at New York University, Rutgers University of New Jersey, Long Island Conservatory (College and Pre-college divisions), and Mokwon University in South Korea. Bulychev-Okser has developed his own method of piano education, which is focused on developing critical thought processes. Bulychev-Okser summarized his method in a book “Conversations with students”, which is to be published in 2023 in New York. Many of Michael’s piano students has been excepted to top conservatories (Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, Franz Liszt University in Weimar, Germany); they won top prizes at numerous competitions, such as Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Paderewsky, Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild; and earned top scores at piano exams: NYSSMA, ABRSM among others.