Victor Solomin

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About Victor Solomin (bandleader of Solominband ): I was born in the country of mountains, rivers and dzhigits near the Caspian Sea. There I graduated from the music school with bayan and spesialized school with domra. There I decided that domra is an instrument of the future and I still stick to this illusion. Then a train brought me to Kharkov and I entered the HII Kharkov Institute of Arts. After that I spent a couple of years in Moscow in “Russia” ensemble under the tactful direction of Lyudmila Zykina. When I got tired of this tactful direction of “the golden voice of Russia”, in a railway carriage 13 I left for Kharkov again, where successfully worked for three years in the same Institute of Arts as a teacher. The success was so great that in 1997 I left for the “decaying Europe” as a free-lance musician. Far from my motherland, in sunny Holland, I recorded my first four discs and met the aborigins: Y. Bashmet, V. Slobodyanik, V.Spivakov, V. Gergiev. The aborigins were satisfied with the acquaintance and still boast of this fact. Then I spent three years in Prague, where I started conquering jazz and where my first disc with jazz elements was recorded. In 2004 I made my own jazz project SOLOMINBAND which still keeps making the Ukrainian listener happy....
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Second Prize at The Competition of the Folk Music Instruments, Russia.
First Prize at The International Competition of Performers of Folk Instruments, Ukraine.
Member of Nederlandse Toonkunstenaarsbond (Society of Dutch Musicians).
Member of Genootschap van Nederlandse Componisten (Union of Dutch Composers).
Grant holder of Heinrich Böll Foundation (Germany)
Though the joint project SOLOMINBAND group appeared recently, but has already become symbolic. This is not actually strange, because the joining of efforts of four talanted outstanding people can not bring out anything, but striking, new and unique. Really, tandem of the three musicians, who probably must have been the first to unite authentic ukrainian melos and professional jazz,and the musician, who can play Bach concerts and the Paganini caprices on domra as well as jazz-rock and trip-hop music, his own compositions and ethno-jazz, can't do anything but fascinate the listener. In the music created by SOLOMINBAND much have been interweaved: folklore tunes, contemporary jazz music and very impressive presentation manner. Altogether - creates an immens and unforgettable impression. It's like tasting something cool, sunny and bitterish at once. In this quartet the contemporary beats do not rack the ethnical antiquity, but vice-versa - emphasize its expressiveness and reopen it over again for the listener. ”Jazz-Koktebel”

”умаю, именно на стыке классических тра'иций и новой концепции “ исполнения известной музыки на инструменте ре'кого звучания “ возникает то новое ра'и чего слушатели и прихо'ят в концертный зал. �-урнал «Пражские огни»

“жаз “ это свобо'а выраженная в музыке. Ежего'ный 'жазовый фестиваль, отмечающий в этом го'у свой 10-летний юбилей, уже в первый 'ень препо'нес сюрпризы: выступил 'жазовый состав сту'ентов хоровой школы рижского “омского собора и украинская группа Solominband. “ости из Украины умеют у'ивлять: ли'ер группы 'иктор Соломин показал высокий класс игры на славянском инструменте “ 'омре. Формула: 'жаз плюс мастерство, плюс не'жазовый инструмент равно успех “ по'ействовала безукоризненно и привела многочисленную публику в неимоверный восторг. Артур “опак «'ести сего'ня»

1998 CD "Victor Solomin plays the Domra'', I.Albenis, J.S.Bach (solo Domra), Own Transcriptions
1999 CD "The Four Seasons'', A.Vivaldi (Victor Solomin, solo Domra, & The Polish Chamber Orchestra).
2000 CD "Three Violin Concerts of J.S.Bach" (Transcriptions for Domra).
2001 CD "Dreams, Dreams..." (Transcriptions for Domra).
2001 Soundtrack CD "Music for a film which doesn't exist"
2004 With the Solomin Band : "Rain" (fantasy works based on musical themes from Sting).

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