Black Sea Music Fest : Hobart Earle and Konstantin Boyarsky

Famous violist and composer Konstantin Boyarsky will perform in Odessa as part of the Seventh International Black Sea Music Fest on October 1.

Famous violist and composer Konstantin Boyarsky will perform as part of the Seventh International Black Sea Music Fest.

Viola player 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 three years with his mother Natalia Boyarsky.

At present Konstantin is working in London,UK as one of the Principal Violists of the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden as well as giving solo and chamber music concerts around England, most European countries and international venues in Asia, North, Central and South America as well as Oceania.

Konstantin Boyarsky
Photo: Konstantin Boyarsky Website

Some Instrumentalists with whom he has collaborated as a soloist and chamber musician include late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Nikolaj Znaider, Lang Lang and many others. The conductors with whom he worked with include Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Antonio Pappano and many others. 

Konstantin also does a lot of composing. He is predominately self taught but took some lessons from Malcolm Singer, Roderic Swanston and resently – 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.

On October 1, at 19:00, as part of the Black Sea Music Festival, there will be a Boyarsky’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra performed by the composer (world premiere), as well as Firebird Suite (1919 version) by Igor Stravinsky. Conductor – People’s Artist of Ukraine Hobart Earl.


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