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