Artem Yasynskyy was born in 1988 in Donetsk, Ukraine into a family of professional musicians. At seven he became a pupil of Albina Oryshuk, receiving his first lessons at the Special School for Gifted Children in Donetsk. He continued his studies with her at the Prokofiev State Academy of Music.
He gave his first concert at the age of eight. Numerous competition successes followed, including prizes at the International Piano Competition of Prokofiev’s Native Land (Donetsk 1999, 2003), the Horowitz Debut Competition (2001, Kiev), the Vladimir Krainev Competition (Charkov 2005), the Horowitz International Piano Competition for Young Pianists (2001, Kiev). These prizes led to invitations to perform as concerto soloist during his early childhood with orchestras such as the Donetsk State Orchestra Ukraine and the Ukrainian National Orchestra.
He has appeared regularly as a recitalist at international festivals. He was a laureate at the event New Names – Young Ukrainian Stars and was subsequently invited to perform with the National Philharmonic State Orchestra of the Ukraine (2001-2005, 2007).
In 2007 he won 6th Prize at the Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, following which he was guest pianist at the inauguration of the Grieg International Piano Competition held in the same year in Oslo. He also performed at the Donetsk Piano Forum Festival held in 2008, the Kiev Musical Summer Evenings Festival 2009 and the Slavic Culture Days in Rome in 2009.
From 2006 to 2010 he held a scholarship granted by the President of the Ukraine. Parallel to his piano studies he was also a student in the composition class of Professor Aleksander Rudyansky from 2007 to 2010.
In 2010 he completed his piano studies at the Prokofiev State Academy of Music with Honours, embarking directly thereafter on a course of postgraduate study at the University of the Arts Bremen with Professor Patrick O’Byrne.
His many concert appearances have taken him to Italy, South Korea, Greece, Japan, Spain, Russia and throughout Germany.
In June 2011 he was awarded the Steinway-Förderpreis in Hamburg, becoming in July of the same year a scholar of the Hans und Stefan Berbeck Stiftung. In 2012 he received a grant from the Illies Carl-Heinz Illies-Förderstipendium – Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
At the international piano competition Gian Battista Viotti held in Vercelli in October 2011, Artem Yasynskyy was awarded Third Prize. In 2012 he was a guest recitalist at the Maggio Piano Festival.
In April 2013 he was guest soloist at a concert given by the Donetsk State Orchestra Ukraine to celebrate the opening of the Prokofiev International Piano Competition in Donetsk.
In June 2013 he was awarded the Bronze Medal and the Audience Prize at the Sendai International Music Competition 2013.
Shortly thereafter, at the First German Piano Competition of Poland Music held in Hamburg from July 2 – 5, he won the Hofmann Prize (a CD recording of works by Joseph Hofmann for the Naxos Grand Piano Label) as well as a concert tour of Poland, during which he will perform as soloist with an important Polish orchestra (yet to be determined).
Links to recordings of his playing:
Bach-Busoni. Toccata und Fugue d-moll
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in G-Minor, K.426, L.128
Bizet / Horowitz – Carmen Phantasie (Carmen Variations)
Further to this, a live recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, made at the Finals of the Viotti Competition 2011, can be found under the following link:
In Japan he was awarded the Bronze Medal and Audience Prize at the Sendai International Music Competition 2013. Here are the competition’s internet links:
Haydn / Piano Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50 Brahms / Variations on a Theme by Paganini, op.35, Book1
Brahms / Variations on a Theme by Paganini, op.35, Book2
Mozart / Piano Concerto in C minor, K491
Prokofiev / Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, op.26