Vadim Larchikov is a composer, cellist and musicologist. Born in Sevastopol, Ukraine, 1967. Graduated from Odessa Music Academy as a cellist (soloist diploma, 1993) and a composer (1994); completed post-graduate studies in composition at the National Music Academy of Ukraine, Kiev. Continued his education at master-courses with Y. Chiffoleau (cello), G. Fedorenko, A. Bonduryansky, P-L. Aimard (chamber ensemble), E. H. Flammer, R. HP Platz, F. Donatoni, M. Stroppa (composition).
Since 2006 pursues his Doctoral research at the Chair of music theory of the National Music Academy of Ukraine, Kiev; the topic of it is:
“The New Cello. Interpretation of the instrument by the late XX century composers: new aesthetics, languages, techniques”.
Has published several studies in the Scientific Herald of the National Music Academy of Ukraine as well as in other collected editions for musicology in Ukraine. The monographic study
The Contemporary Cello: Aesthetics, Theory and Practice
written by V. Larchikov in co-authorship with O. Veselina, M. Kononova, Yu. Belousova and V. Sumarokova, is published by the National Music Academy of Ukraine in 2009 being officially acclaimed as reference book for music academies’ students.
Winner of more than twenty competitions and awards in Albania, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Ukraine, and the USA, as a composer and a cellist.
He has been the Artistic Director of The FRESCOS Contemporary Music Ensemble (since 1990– ), co-founder of the Duo Violoncellissimo (since 1995– ), lecturer at Odessa Music Academy (cello, string quartet, several reading courses, 1993-2002, since 2006– ), the Artistic Director of the Musica Humana and Baroque & Avantgarde International Festivals (Zaporizhzhia, since 2000– ). Appeared as cellist and composer on eleven CDs, in concerts and at many dozens of international festivals held in nineteen European states, as well as overseas (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, and USA). Has lectured and led master-classes at University of Cincinnati (USA, 1998), International Composers and Percussionists Symposium (Trstenice, Czech Republic, 2003), Kulturskolan Visby (Sweden, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008), Riga Music Academy (Latvia, 2006), Tiraspol High Music College (Moldova, 2007), Yerevan State Conservatory (Armenia, 2007). Member of the jury for International Young Performers’ Competition “Blue Bird” (Yevpatoria, Ukraine, 2009) and International Young Composers’ Competition “Maestro” (Simferopol, Ukraine, 2009).
H.Hesse’s “magical perception of the life” is present in compositions by Vadim Larchikov. His creations should be perceived as some philosophical or spiritual essays written in musical tones, where the intonation, dynamics, timbre, or any other element of the music bears its symbolic meaning and semantic function. Meditative immersion in a sound as such and confessional openness often united here with expressionistic emotional explosions. His intonational language is mainly microtonal.
Among the performers of his own compositions are such outstanding ensembles and musicians as: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovakia), Ukrainian National Light-Symphony Orchestra, Odessa, Rivne, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and Sevastopol Philharmonic orchestras (Ukraine), De Ereprijs orchestra (Netherlands), Ensemble fuer Neue Musik Zuerich (Switzerland), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Russia), ensembles Musicattuale (Italy), Nodus (USA), Ars Poetica (Moldova), Freiburg Percussion Ensemble (Germany), duo Cadence (Ukraine), conductors Patrick Fournillier (France), Vladimir Kim, Natalia Ponomarchuk, Vyacheslav Redya, Volodymyr Runchak, Petro Tovstukha (Ukraine), pianists Kees Wieringa (Netherlands), Mikhail Dubov (Russia), Neringa Butkute (Lithuania), organist Narine Simonian (France), cellist Dominique de Williencourt (France), guitarists Magnus Andersson (Sweden), Juergen Ruck (Germany), bassoonist Sarunas Kacionas (Lithuania), to name a few.