The journey for Vasyl Popadiuk from Ukraine to Canada has been one of musical adventure, starting at Kiev’s Lysenko school for gifted children at the tender age of 7, and continuing at Ukraine’s National Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music from age 18. Vasyl Popadiuk’s father, himself a renowned composer and pan flute player, dreamt of his son following in his footsteps as a flutist but at the age of four Vasyl Jr chose to play the piano. By age six he had discovered and fallen in love with the violin – an outcome predicted by a stranger before his birth – that love has remained steadfast through the years.
Popadiuk who is a multi-instrumentalist (he playes 15 instruments), has toured with many prestigious troupes, including Ukraine’s Hopak National Ensemble, Kiev’s Gypsy Music Theatre Company, and the Nazarov Music Theatre Company of Moscow with whom he performed for many international dignitaries including the late King Hussein of Jordan. He was asked to accompany Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife as part of the cultural entourage during a state visit to Spain where he performed for Queen Sofia.
He performed in a feature concert at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and in 2003 was a semi-finalist in the CBC’s ‘Great Canadian Music Dream Contest’.
2009 Vasyl appeared at PBS “BUFFALO” TORONTO with his LIVE CONCERT FROM MONTREAL.