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Vadim Kolpakov


Vadim Kolpakov (seven-string guitar, vocals, dance) is a vir­tuoso Russian-Romany (Gypsy) seven-string gui­tarist, dancer and vocalist . A graduate of the Ro­many performing arts school Gilori, he studied guitar with his uncle and mentor Alexander Kol­pakov in Moscow.

At the age of 15, Vadim joined the Moscow Romen Gypsy Theater as a guitarist, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor. Since then, Vadim has performed extensively in Russia and abroad; he has given concerts in Carnegie Hall (New York City) as well as in the Kremlin (Moscow). He has partici­pated in numerous musical projects on Russian, Canadian, Finnish and American television and radio. He was an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006-2007.

In 2008-2009, Vadim Kolpakov went on tour with Madonna as a performer in her “Sticky & Sweet” world tour. In addition to being the founder of Via Romen, Vadim performs in the ensemble Zingaresca and as a special guest with various U.S. artists and bands. His musical rep­ertoire includes Russian- and Romany-style compositions by Alex­ander Kolpakov, 19th-century Russian seven-string guitar repertoire, and his own compositions and improvisations on Romany, Russian, classical, rap and world music. For more information go to http://www.vadimkolpakov.com