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Vladimir Gapontsev

Gapontsev was born in Volzhskiy, Russia in 1985, and began to play the guitar at age 11. In 1997 he won a local guitar competition. In 2000 he entered the Volgograd Municipal College of Arts and in 2004 he continued his studies at guitar at Serebryakov Institute of Arts in Volgograd, studying under with Sergey Matokhin. During his studies he won prizes at many international guitar competitions in Russia and abroad and won scholarships from the Administration of Volgograd Region (2002), Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation (2003), Federal Agency of Culture and Cinematography (“Young talents of Russia”, 2006).

Since 2005 he has been a regular participant of international master classes in Russia and Europe.

Gapontsev began teaching in 2006 as a classical and electric guitar teacher at the Serebryakov Institute. In 2010—2012 he was a guitar teacher at Igumnov music school, Moscow. In 2014, he is regularly invited as a performer, teacher and member of the jury to international festivals in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Israel and other countries.

As a solo player and a chamber musician, Gapontsev has performed at venues such as Glinka state museum of musical art, Moscow Conservatoire Grand Hall, Central House of Journalist in Moscow, Vladimir Philarmonic Hall, S. Prokofiev museum, State Tretyakov gallery, Volgograd Central Concert Hall, Elena Obraztsova Cultural Center in Saint-Petersburg, Royal College of Music, London and others.

Besides solo recitals and teaching, he is also devoted to chamber music, arrangement and composing. Since 2012, Gapontsev has been a member of the Russian Guitar Quartet, a group of musicians concentrated on professional playing the original music of modern Russian composers. He also performs guitar concertos with symphonic orchestras in Russia and abroad and collaborates with musicians of different styles including classical, jazz, bossa nova, and folk.


Year Competition
2001 Regional Competition in Kamyshin
2002 V International competition of classical guitar performers in Belgorod)
2003 Winner of the Saratov guitar competition
Music Colleges Students competition of South of Russia in Rostov-on-Don
International guitar competition, Volgograd
2004 International competition of young musicians in Togliatti
International competition of classical guitar performers in Belgorod
2005 International competition of guitar art «Git As», Kiev, Ukraine
International Festival and Competition Il de Re, France)
2006 International Guitar Competition Kiev, Ukraine
International competition «Guitar Gems», Netania, Israel
International competition of classical guitar performers in Belgorod
2007 International competition of chamber ensembles «Music without limits», Druskininkai, Litueva
International competition «Guitar Gems», Netania, Israel]. (Winner)
International guitar competition «Tabula Rasa», Volgograd
2009 National guitar competition «Alexander Frauchi», Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
2010 Baltic International video competition «Per Oktava». Winner
International Sharpach guitar competition, Oberhausen, Germany
International guitar competition «Eduard Pamfil», Bucharest, Romania
2011 International competition Sinaia, Romania
2013 International competition «Alexey Khorev», Saint Petersburg, Russia

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