Vitalij Kuprij, born July 7, 1974 in Volodarka, Kiev, Ukraine, is a Ukrainian-American pianist, composer, music teacher, and keyboardist for his own solo-work, but as well for the bands, the Neo-classical Progressive metal band Artension, and Neoclassical Progressive Power metal band, Ring of Fire, And besides this he also plays keyboards for The Trans-Siberian Orchestra when they are on tour, and he also cooperated with the Vivaldi Metal Project.
This is the Yngwie Malmsteen on the piano/keyboard. He resides in Reading, Pennsylvania and sometimes at The Blue Falls Grove when he is not touring.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. He won the prestigious first prize as the youngest person to compete in the All Union Chopin Competition held in the Republic of Kazan, Soviet Union; the gold medal in the Kiev Conservatory Competition and the Poltawa, Ukraine Mykola Lyssenko Competition.
(He appeared on Ukranian radio and TV performing concertos by both Beethoven and Chopin). By the age of 16, Vitalij Kuprij had left the Ukraine and in 1993, formed his first Prog metal band, Atlantis Rising, with guitarist Roger Staffelbach. After Vitalij relocated to the U.S. in 1995, the band later mutated into Artension, signing to Mike Varney's Shrapnel label.
Alongside his work with Artension, Vitalij Kuprij began to issue his own solo albums on Shrapnel as well. In addition, Vitalij Kuprij has performed with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and, in 2001, was penning material for a new outfit, Ring of Fire, a collaboration with former Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Mark Boals, This supergroup also included guitarist Tony MacAlpine, Planet X drummer Virgil Donati, grammy-award winning bassist Philip Bynoe.
Vitalij began piano studies at Kiev's Mykola Lysenko Music Academy where he studied with Professor Nina Najditsch.
From Curtis, while on full scholarship, he obtained another degree and graduated in 2000.
James Galway chose him as his accompanist for the International Flute Seminar Master Classes held in Switzerland and for work on an international tour. James Galway and Vitalij were on National Public Radio in the United States when James played a world-premier of one of his original compositions written for piano and flute. Soon thereafter, Vitalij was featured on WRTI for an hour broadcast from Philadelphia titled "Crossover with Jill Pasternak".
On March 7, 1999, Vitalij was selected as the soloist to perform the "Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1" with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, followed by performances at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
After performing his Carnegie Hall solo debut, Vitalij Kuprij was featured in a two-page spread in the New York Times written by arts and entertainment writer Dan Wakin. During the summer of 2007, Vitalij appeared at Mexico's "Music Fest" in Mexico City.
He has toured extensively with TSO in North America and Europe. Vitalij also appears on TSO's first EP, Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night), released in 2012.
His antics and stellar musicianship have made him a fan of performing live on stage.
When he is not touring, Vitalij works on writing and composing his own piano concerto.
High Definition (1997)
Extreme Measures (1998)
Works of Liszt and Chopin (2001)
Forward and Beyond (2004)
The Modern European Tradition (2005)
Glacial Inferno (2007)
12 Months of the Year (2008)
Into the Eye of the Storm (1996)
Phoenix Rising (1997)
Forces of Nature (1999)
Sacred Pathways (2001)
New Discovery (2002)
Future World (2004)
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