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Vladimir Zubitsky (1953-); UKR

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Vladimir Zubitsky

Vladimir Zubitsky was born in 1953 in Goloskogo-Nikolaev, Ukraine, where he began to play the accordion at age six. Zubitsky studied briefly at the Gnessin State Music College in Moscow (1969-71) before moving to Kiev to study at the Kiev State Conservatory "P.I.Tchaikovsky". There he studied accordion with Professor V.Besfamilnov, conducting with Professors V.Kozhukhar and V.Gniedash, and composition with Professor M.Scoryk; he graduated in 1979.

Zubitsky's international career began in 1975, when he won the International Accordion Competition "Coupe Mondiale" in Helsinki, Finland. From that point, he began to perform in concert halls around the world, as a Concert Artist of the Ukrainian Concert Organization. As a composer, Zubitsky is most well known for his accordion works - such as his Carpathian Suite, Partita Concertata in Jazz-mode, and the Children's Suite No.1 - the latter found here at the Classical Archives; these and other Zubitsky compositions are frequently heard at accordion or bayan concerts and competitions across the world.

Beyond his works for accordion and bayan, Zubitsky is a prolific composer of orchestral, chamber, choral, and theatrical works - with no less than 7 symphonies and 3 operas to his credit. His requiem Sette lacrime earned him a Premium Prize from UNESCO in 1985. In his works, Zubitsky shows himself deeply aware of past musical idioms, from Vivaldi to Messiaen, as well as the rich tradition of Ukrainian folk music, and even jazz. He currently lives in Italy, and performs regularly as a soloist, as well as with his two family ensembles, the Duo Zubitsky and the Quartetto Zubitsky. He frequently gives workshops and lectures, and serves as a jurist for international accordion competitions.


"The first Soviet accordionist to have appeared in Austria, Vladimir Zubtisky is a professional of the highest class, who possesses a fiery temperament and an inclination toward the monumental in his program design. From Lully to the present day, this the stylistic range of the young Soviet virtuoso."

News of the International Accordion Association

"The daring Russian character in the Finale of Tchaikovsky's [Violin] Concerto, the igniting energy of mountain folklore in [Zupinsky's] Carpathian Suite intensified by artistry and outstanding virtuosity: these are what distinguish the performances of V.Zubitsky in competition."

Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

"V.Zubitsky is an unusual phenomenon in the contemporary artistic life of Ukraine. Bayanist, composer, conductor - in each area he is a specialist extraordinaire...It is well known that Zubitsky is a phenomenal performer and an unsurpassed expert of expressive capabilities of the contemporary bayan."

Culture and Life (Ukraine)

Vladimir Zubitsky

Vladimir Vladimir Zubitsky was born in 1953 in Goloskogo-Nikolaev, Ukraine, where he began to play the accordion at age six. Zubitsky... More
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