My passion for music and for the piano in particular was born when I was 5 years old; later on I fell in love with the violin at first sight. One day, while I was walking in the centre of my hometown (Ivano-Frankivisk), I saw a violinist who was playing surrounded by people who were listening to him. I was fascinated by that sound which was very similar to human voice; on the one hand, it was a tiny, very detailed instrument and on the other hand it was infintely big and maestoso. The following day, after hearing the word “violin” thousand times, my mother resigned herself and took me to a music school. I was old enough to start studying this instrument; I was 8 and my teacher, after submitting some tests to me (which I passed), decided to give me lessons from that very moment. This lady has been my luck and has been the first one to make me know and love music. Her name is Marta Kalynchuck. After studying a few years with her at the music school N.2 “V. Barvinski” in Ivano-Frankvisk in Ukraine, we decided to move to Italy. Like a lot of other young Ukrainian musicians, I considered Italy as the welcoming country of Music and Culture, where the best and most renowned composers and musicians were born, notably Vivaldi, Paganini, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and so on... My dream was to study in one Italian town or city. Thanks to my parents, this dream came true and, in June 2011, I got my diploma with full marks, ***** laude and honourable mention. I studied first of all in Bologna, then Parma, Cremona, Imola, Gubbio, Siena; I also attended masterclasses and specializing courses with very important Maestri. There are a lot of crucial moments in my artistic growth and there are also a lot of Maestri who helped me in these years.... The first years were really decisive and formative; despite my young age, Marta Kkalynchuk taught me how to stay on stage, how to “make” music and how to play, so as to convey emotions and feelings or to move. She made me understand that music must penetrate people's souls , that the violin is a “clef” which allows me to enter and make the audience enter another world, where there is more magic , where everything can be as per your wishes and where fantasy is free, without any barrier. I have had many other moments which made me grow, understand, change and go forward. One of these moments was the meeting with Salvatore Accardo who I have been studying with since 2010 at the Cremona International Academy. Accardo is a reference point , he has been essential for my growth as a musican and so has his wife Laura Corna. I study with her in a two-year-course , II level, at Monteverdi Music School in Cremona; she is important to me and is always standing by my side, so she helps me grow up not only as a musician but also as a person. Besides, I was helped to improve my skills by C. Frei, O. Semchuck, B. Belkin, Z. Brohn, P. Amoyal and R. Koelman. Every teacher has left a mark in my musical life which made me think and grow ; therefore, I am grateful to all of them. Moreover, I had the opportunity of playing a lot of instruments, both antique and modern, to discover and appreciate each of them.... The first thing I look at in a violin is its sound quality, its timbre and the one it can acquire as time goes by. I think sound is a very personal aspect, just like people's voice tone; if you change instrument, it is not your sound, but the possibilities a violin can offer to you; it all depends on the approach a violinst has with the instrument he is playing at the moment. In his book “Italian Violinmakers” Jaloves highlights a very interesting aspect: “The instrument does not play on its own. What we hear is actually the interaction between instrument and musician. The same instrument has a different value if it is played by different “hands”. Throughout the years, I have realized that an instrument is alive while its strings are vibrating and so it expands and grows. The violin I am now playing is a contemporary one I was given for a short period. While I play it, I learn a lot ; in a sense I feel like a mother who takes care of her own child. It is wonderful to try and do your best with the instrument, talk to it, feel that it understands you and answers you. I have played a lot of other instruments, made by Pressenda, Montagnana, Stradivari, Cappa, Guarneri del Gesù, Scarampella, Poggi... each of them had different features which, while I was playing, fused with mine and created something unique. However, I think that it is really important for a violinist to have a good instrument, so as both of them can be at their best. Every time I play in public it is always special and exciting, regardless of the presence of 3 spectators or 3 million. What matters to me is the relationship between the audience and myself during the concert. Whenever I play, I feel the energy of every spectator and I share my own energy with them. As a matter of fact, the relationship between public and musician is fundamental, there must be a real emotional exchange which becomes one whole thing during the concert. When you play and are moved, you also touch your audience, you talk to them, you make them take part in what you are feeling, you let them enter your emotional world. The audience, in turn, is never passive, they think, hear, feel and return... Recently, I have played at Ischia, at the English composer Walton's house, in front of an international audience, made up of English, German, Russian and Italian people. Amazingly, the power of music managed to unite all of them and their cultures. It was wonderful to feel the atmosphere which was gradually creating during the concert. There was a unique bond... I felt the public was taking an active role and this stimulated me to do my best and even more... At the end of the concert I felt the harmony in the room , a unique and unifying energy.