MAY 5 - 11, 2014

EN: Artem, 4th of 6 boys in the family, began his musical studies at the age of 6 with Natalia Maximenko. After moving to Saint Petersburg with his family, he started taking lessons with one of St. Petersburg's best pedagogues, Irina Chichina. After winning several international competitions in Europe (Germany, Estonia, Italy), he was invited to study with Prof. Philippe Djokic at Dalhousie University at the age of 16, on a full scholarship. Now a 3rd year Bachelor of Music in Performance, his experiences vary from being a featured soloist with the St.Petersburg Philharmonic and Symphony Nova Scotia to placing 2nd at the Canadian National Festival. Artem has been vocally trained by his aunt, who is a voice professor in Saint Petersburg conservatory, and loves singing anything from classical to jazz and gospel. He also loves swimming, biathlon and skating. In 2009 he placed 1st in Saint Petersburg Hip-Hop Dancing competition.

Artem Kolesov, violin