Vladimir currently lives in Berlin.
It took a moment of revelation at the age of 16 for me to go fully into music. Born into a musical family, I started playing when I was still very young. Music had always just been a fun thing to do that was secondary to my wish to become an astrophysicist. Then one day I realised that I enjoyed music much more than anything else I did, even astrophysics!
That day I decided that I would make it my mission to always enjoy playing and bring enjoyment to people hearing me. Music has to engage both the player and the listener. Music is truly thrilling, and it should always be an experience to go to a live performance. It is our job as performing musicians to give its true meaning to a "live" performance, and bring alive both music and audience.
During my conservatoire years I was helped in making the journey of discovery in every piece unending, and therefore, unendingly exciting! It isn't through cheap effects that music is thrilling: these quickly become repetitive and boring; conversely, rigid "authentic" performance doesn't do the music justice: a deep and rigorous understanding of the style, context and simply text of a piece is a necessary first step, but the other steps remain to be taken, and ultimately the music has to be performed, heard, experienced.
My teachers in London, Pierre Doumenge and Alison McGillivray (and later the Hungarian master Rados Ferenc), helped me to develop this curiosity, one for the repertoire I already knew, the other in discovering new repertoire. In fact, this is very much that led to my getting so involved in the Early Music movement: the fact that every time I played with other people interested in Historical Performance Practice, there was this curiosity, this sense of excitement at discovering or rediscovering ways of playing that had been lost to time, new meanings to old pieces.
I now strive in every performance I give to make my audience as curious and as excited as I am about every piece I play, and curious to hear more and find out more about these works, both old and new.
Vladimir’s favourite holiday destination: A mountain range with beautiful hiking paths (the Pyrenees are a destination of choice)
Vladimir has been playing the Gagliano cello since 2012.