Konstantin Boyarsky

Composer
Konstantin Boyarsky

Konstantin Boyarsky was born in Russia into a family of musicians and began playing the violin at the age of six. He attended The Music School affiliated to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Professor Inna Gauhman.

From an early age he took part in public concerts at prestigious venues in Russia including the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At the age of 13 his musical talent was recognised by a special award for Performing Arts given by the Russian Fund for Culture.

In 1990, his family left Russia and in 1991 settled in the UK where he went to Yehudi Menuhin School, studying there for four years with his mother Natalia Boyarsky. In 1999, Konstantin completed a Bachelor of Music course and in summer 2000 a postgraduate course in advanced performance with distinction at the Royal College of Music where he studied violin with Doctor Felix Andrievsky and later viola with Christopher Wellington and Simon Rowland-Jones and took lessons from Yuri Bashmet, Jerzy Kosmala, Natalia Gutman and Igor Sulyga (Kopelmann quartet). He was also one of the founders as well as a first violist of The Belcea String Quartet.

During that time Konstantin won many major awards including The Malcolm Sargent Award and Martin Fund. He was a winner of 1999 Bernard Shore viola competition and got a “Diploma of Honour” from Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. In 2003 Konstantin was a prize winner of the International Tertis viola competition.

At present Konstantin is working in London, UK as a one of the Principal Violists of the Royal Opera House — Covent Garden as well as giving many solo and chamber music concerts around England, most European countries and international venues in Asia, North, Central and South America as well as Oceania. Amongst his busy performing schedule Konstantin also has a passion for teaching and apart from giving lessons in various international music festivals, giving master classes and courses he is a Guest Professor at the Royal College of Music in London.

Konstantin also does a lot of composing. He is predominately self taught but took some lessons from Malcolm Singer, Roderic Swanston and recently – with the generous support from Royal Opera House Opera Department – from Mark Anthony Turnage.

He has a number of instrumental compositions and arrangements for viola and other instruments as well as two ballets Sleepers and Children of War which he wrote in collaboration with the The Royal Ballet school of dancing. The ballet Sleepers was also included in a feature by “South Bank Show” in collaboration with BBC television. In July 2008, he was commissioned to write a chamber work for the Radio France and Arts channel Mezzo. A work Mosaique Musicale was very well received, broadcasted several times around the world and had rave reviews.

In 2010, Konstantin was named “UK's Best young Classical Composer” by the international web-magazine www.suite101.com.

His latest work — Dramatic Opera in two Acts Pushkin is being worked on and has been the subject of series of workshops with the collaboration of the Royal Opera House under the guidance of ROH Music Director Sir Antonio Pappano and Director of Opera Kasper Holten during 2013/14 season.

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