During my long artistic life, I have worked in many countries of the world over the years.
A special place is held by my Russian period, where I had a wonderful workshop in the centre of Moscow. It was a great pleasure to have worked in Moscow in the 70â€™s and 80â€™s. That period was the Golden Age of the Russian performing school.
Then I moved to Spain where Iâ€™ve been living for almost 20 years now. In Madrid you have a wonderful weather and the sun shines almost all over the year. This helps me a lot in making my instruments. Iâ€™ve got almost perfect conditions here. A large workshop where I create new instruments and do restorations. I also have a garden where the wood from which I make new instruments is “sunbathing“.
My workshop is located about 50 kilometers from Madrid in a quiet area, which helps me to concentrate entirely on my work. Now Iâ€™m in a completely different creative phase compared to that one when I used to work in Moscow.
At this stage, itâ€™s the privacy thatâ€™s most important to me, because when I work here I can devote a lot of time to my new instruments.
The Spanish sun, too, plays a vital role in the process of varnishing new instruments. I have devoted many years of my life to the study of this question; I have read and studied a huge number of books and old manuscripts. I make varnishes for my instruments always on my own and according to my own formula.
Instruments are available for purchase directly via waiting list. After purchase, Pochekin instruments are sound-adjusted by Yuri together with the player, because each one has their own unique sound and musical profile.