Viktoriya Yermolyeva

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Vika Yermolyeva
Birth name Viktoriya Yermolyeva
Born (1978-11-02) November 2, 1978 (age 38)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Origin Kiev, Ukraine
Genres Classical music
Heavy metal
Alternative rock
Rock music
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instruments Piano
Digital piano
Labels Vikatine Productions
Associated acts Brian Viglione
Website http://www.vkgoeswild.com

Viktoriya Yermolyeva (Ukrainian: Вікто́рія Єрмо́льєва, born November 2, 1978, also known as vkgoeswild and Vika) is a Ukrainian pianist. In her early career she studied and played classical music; winning several awards. Later, she became known for piano covers of famous rock and metal songs.[1]

Career[edit]

After studying at the Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Ukraine (2000), she completed her graduate studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar, and the International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, Italy with the famous pianist Lazar Berman. Further studies took her to the Codarts Academy of Music and Modern Dance, at Rotterdam Conservatory, Netherlands.[2]

In the early classical phase of her career, she won a variety of piano competitions, such as 1st Prize at "Filippo Trevisan" competition for Piano Interpretation in Italy, winner of The Grachtenfestival 2005 Amsterdam, 1st Prize at 35th International Competition "Vincenzo Bellini" in Italy, 1st Prize at 20th International Piano Competition "Citta di Marsala", 1st Prize at International Piano Competition “Citta' Di Trani”, 1st Prize at 4th Sigismund Thalberg International Competition, and the Grand Prix at 9th Pierre Lantier International Music Competition in duet with V. Dmitriev (flute) in France.[2]

In 2003, Yermolyeva explored jazz music and studied with Leonid Chizhik.[3]

Since 2008, she has refocused her career on playing rock music, concentrating on heavy metal covers by many famous metal bands. Her web videos have over 80 million views.[3]

On January 29, 2011 she performed her first live rock concert in Reykjavík, Iceland (VIGGIE & VIKA: Live in Iceland) collaborating with drummer Brian Viglione.

On 2016, Yermolyeva released an album that was a mix of covers and original compositions.[4] It was funded via the crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, and was entitled "Fan's Edition".[5]

Awards[edit]

  • 2004 - Sigismund Thalberg International Piano Prize, Naples, 4th Edition (First prize) [6]
  • 2005 - Grachtenfestival, Codarts, Rotterdam (winner of the Jury Prize)[7]

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