Vitalij Kuprij: Kievs neo classical expatriate

Vitalij Kuprij, born 1974 in Volodarka, Kiev, Ukraine, was a natural born prize winner:

  • First Prize as the youngest person to compete in the All-Union Chopin Competition
  • The Gold Medal in the Kiev Conservatoire Competition
  • The Gold Medal in the Poltawa, Ukraine Mykola Lyssenko Competition.
  • First Prize in the Geneva Duo Competition for Violin and Piano
  • First Prize in the Piano 80 and Swiss Youth Competition
  • James Galway accompanist in International Flute Seminar Master Classes

He left the Ukraine at the age of 16 and went to Switzerland where he met Roger Staffelbach. This ensured that Vitalij hand two appsions, classical and neo-classical rock. Vitalij and guitarist Roger Staffelbach are the founding members of neo-classical progressive rock/metal band "Artension". Vitalij has released several CDs - six with the band Artension, several solo instrumental albums, and a couple of collaborations with other artists.

This is an incomplete list of some of the people that Vitalij Kuprij has worked with or been influenced by: George Bellas, Philip Bynoe, Kevin Chown,Jon Doman, Virgil Donati, Francesco Fareri, Marco Ferrigno, Stephan Forte, Shane Gaalaas, Tony Hernando, Greg Howe, Jeff Kollman, Tony MacAlpine, Ring Of Fire, Michael Romeo, Uli Jon Roth, Mike Terrana and John West

Check out his web site for a full biography and discography You can also buy his music guitar9