Konstantin Boyarsky - Violist/Composer
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 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.
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.
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.
In 2010 Konstantin was named "UK's Best young Classical Composer" by the international web-magazine www.suite101.com.
His latest work - Lyrical Opera in two Acts "Pushkin" as a
concert version was premiered in Moscow on 04.02.2017 by Novaya Opera Company and the staged revised version was premiered on the 11 July 2018 at the New Grange Park Opera House in UK.
The opera was very well received by the audiences and the media of both countries and ever since has been regularly performed in Russia.