My musical biography

I was born in Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine in 1957. I began to play the guitar at the age of 14. From 1974 to 1979 I studied at the College of Music in St.Petersburg (then Leningrad) with the leading two Russian guitar teachers Eugene Larionov and Jadwiga Kowalewskaja. From 1996 to 2001 I studied simultaneously at the two Universities: East-Ukrainian Teacher Training University in Lugansk (the music faculty, guitar) and Dniepropetrovsk National University in my home city (philological faculty). I finished all my studies with distinction.

I started teaching the Guitar since 1974. I’ve been teaching in the Music Schools, Ordinary Schools, Circles, Clubs, Music College and Conservatoty.

From 1993 I have been teaching at the Music College in my home city of Dniepropetrovsk. Many of my students entered different Conservatories. Some of my students won International Guitar Competitions (in Germany, Bulgaria). I’ve been giving recitals in many cities of the former Soviet Union including Moscow, Odessa, Tcheliabinsk, Vilnius and many others. I have took part in many guitar festivals including three guitar festivals in Poland where I played with great success. In 1992 I took part in the 6th International Guitar Competition in Lubin (Poland) as a member of the Jury and guest-artist. I was a member of Jury in Simferopol at the International Guitar Competition, In Kutna Gora (Czech Republic) and in many Ukrainian Competitions.

I have received many good reviews and have made television and radio recordings. More than 30 of my Concerts were recorded and issued on DVD’s. I have given concerts and masterclasses in Czech Republic, Yugoslavia, Poland, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany and Great Britain. My recitals include works by composers from Europe and North and Latin America as well as music from the Russian repertoire.

I have been playing in a duo with the great Ukrainian singer Eugene Shalya for more than 30 years. Our concert program “Old Russian Romances” always has great success with the audience. I regularly take part in different chamber concerts such as duos with the violin, viola, piano, cello and string quartet. In 1996 I first performed “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra” by H.Villa-Lobos in my home city with great success.

I make arrangements and transcriptions for the guitar. My works (more than 30 books) have been published in Ukraine, Great Britain and Italy. Many of my books have a very positive reviews in famous Guitar Magazines, such as Classical Guitar and Guitar Review.

I collect classical guitar recordings (audio and video) and music (mostly by my favorite composers). My collection consists of many LP’s, CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes and VHS. My music collection contains almost whole guitar output of such the composers as J. Rodrigo, J. Morel, A. York, F. Moreno-Torroba, A. Lauro, A. Tansman and many others.

I also make computer music engraving and video editing.

I am interested in equalizing, compressing (and other nesessary things for making the sound better) of my recorded classical guitar solo tracks. Would be glad to meet anybody who’s ready to help with it!