VASILIY POPADYUK

INFORMATION

He is named the New Day Paganini, Gosh, I heard him playing! The legend, the virtuoso, the violinist, the infinite gift… He is adorable from Canada to Moscow, his excellence discloses any soul with that G clef and his violin could melt the ice in your heart…

The Honoured Artist of Ukraine, he who took two continents by storm will never stop surprising us with his creative experiments in various styles of rock, jazz, folk, gypsy-fusion. Nothing is impossible for the Maître, he always does his best staying the One & Only…

His concerts transfer to a magic space where people are carried away with that stream of emotions… Heaven, it’s a space worth to find yourself and stay as long as possible…

HISTORY

Vasyl Popadyuk’s Ukraine-Toronto journey was a kind of a musical Odyssey…

He started his career at the age of 7 in Lysenko Music School – an establishment for talented children, and at the age of 18 he entered the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music. Vasyl’s father was a famous composer and a Pan-flute player and he dreamt of his son’s violin player career. The young 4-year old maestro chose the piano first, but when he was 6 he discovered the violin and fell in love with this instrument. Since then Vasyl Popadyuk has cherished his love to the Violin.

Mr. Popadyuk played with a number of famous musical bands, namely: Ukrainian National Gopak Dance Ensemble, Kiev Gypsy Musical Theatre and Nazarov Musical Theatre (Moscow). Maestro played for various world-famous VIPs like Jordan King Hussein. Mr. Popadyuk escorted the Soviet leader M. Gorbachev and his wife as a member of the Artists Team during Gorbachev’s official visit to Spain and there Vasyl played for Queen Sofia.

Don Vass, Tom Kokranovsky, Jan Gillar (Popadyuk played his solo album) and Jessie Cook are the Maitre’s great fans. Mr. Popadyuk would often be invited as a special guest at Paul’s guitar concerts in Canada, USA and Ukraine. Earlier he performed with Jessie Cook – the world-famous guitar player and now Mr. Popadyuk is invited to be a special guest at Mr. John Mac Dermott’s (Canadian famous tenor) celebration.

This year Vasyl has put together his Papa Duke Band and they released their first album. The band’s name is a play upon Vasyl’s surname and the ‘title’ of the ‘Gypsy Violin Duke’ given by his fans.  The band performed at  Harbourfront Jazz and Blues Festival in the  Mississauga Centre. The Papa Duke Band’s style may be called a bohemian blend of classics, jazz, latino and some tiny pop flecks. The Papa Duke Band’s line-up is now as follows: Mr. Stan Fomin, the musical director – the keyboards; Mr. David West (Equador) – twelve-string and eighteen-string guitar, Mr. Sasha Boychuk – soprano saxophone, clarinet and keyboards; Mr. Victor Khomenko – acoustic and electric bass; and the newcomer –  Mr. Rosendo Leon (Cuba) – drums and percussion.

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