Vasyl Kotys has ended up with the 2nd prize at prestigious competitions in Germany, Italy and his home country, Ukraine. Will he make it all the way to the top at Top of the World 2015?
Having studied piano from the age of 8, at Zolochiv Music School, Vasyl went on to S. Krushelnytska Music Special School in Lviv in 1998, under the guidance of Prof. Maria Krushelnytska. From 2002, he spent 7 years at M.Lysenko National Music Academy, with the same tutor and Hochschule for Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany, in the class of Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit.
Vasyl has been unfortunate enough to collect three 2nd prizes in previous competitions, namely “Mendelssohn Preis” Competition for Duo Cello and Piano (Berlin), V. Horowitz Piano International Competition (Kiev) and A. Scriabin International Piano Competition (Grozetto, Italy). Here, he also won the Scriabin Prize.
Having performed in both Ukraine, Germany, USA, Golland, Poland and Croatia, Vasyl is very experienced as a solo recitalist. He has played a lot of the major music centers, including M. Lysenko Column Hall of the National Philharmonia of Ukraine (Kiev), Kielce Philharmony Hall (Poland), Warsaw Philharmony Hall (Poland), Bialystok Concert Hall (Poland), S. Ludkevich Hall of the Lviv Philharmonia, Odessa Philharmony Hall, Kirovograd Philharmony Hall, S. Krushelnytska Hall of the Lviv Opera, the Concert Halls of Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Drogobych, Khmelnytsky (Ukraine),V.Lisinski Hall(Zagreb,Croatia), Lubostron (Poland), Berlin UDK Concert Hall, Die Glocke Bremen, Gasteig Munich, Katharinensaal (Rostock, Germany).
Vasyl has also performed at International Festivals, such as Gezeiten Konzerte (Germany), Peter de Grote Festival (Holland), Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Germany). He has vast experience from playing with famous orchestras, including the Phoenix Symphony, Bremer Philharmoniker, National Odessa Philharmonic, Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Kiev), Norddeutschen Philharmonie, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, Theater Vorpommern Philhamoniesches Orchester, under conductors such as Nicholas Milton, Hobart Earl,James Feddeck, Victor Ploskina, Yury Bervetski, Niklas Willen, Mykola Dyadyura, Manfred Hermann Lehner, Wojciech Rajski, Colo Berg.
Many of his concerts have been recorded by radio stations, including the NDR Kultur, Deutschlandradio Kultur, RTBF Belgique and SM TV (San Marino).
Here’s a Vasyl Kotys in action, playing Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 12 “Chasse-Neige.