Jazz trumpeter Yakiv Tsvietinskyi is one of the modern voices of the Ukrainian jazz scene. Deeply rooted in classical and modernist music as a composer, Yakiv creates jazz pieces with developed complex textures while maintaining the freedom and spontaneity of the improvisational nature of jazz. His trumpet style combines the influences of Chet Baker’s lyricism, Clark Terry’s feel of motion, Tomasz Stanko’s sound and Kenny Wheeler’s unpredictability.
Born in 1990s and being a classically trained trumpet player in industrial Dnipro, Ukraine, there was no way to learn jazz other than self-education. With years of searching for information and slowly building the jazz community in the city, Yakiv paved his own way to a unique jazz sound. After graduating from Dnipro Academy of Music in 2016, he received the Fulbright grant for education at Western Michigan University, where he received a two year master’s degree in jazz performance. Mentored by acclaimed musicians Scott Cowan, Andrew Rathbun and Keith Hall, Yakiv expanded his knowledge in improvisation, traditional jazz theory and advanced approaches to composition.
In 2017 Yakiv Tsvietinskyi was one of 23 young musicians selected to participate in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead – a prestigious jazz residency program held annually at John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. He was also a recipient of Yamaha Gulf FZE Trumpet Scholarship in 2015 and winner of DownBeat Student Music Awards in 2017 and 2018. Yakiv has performed internationally with acclaimed artists, such as Theo Bleckmann, Randy Brecker, Vernon Hill and Jamie Cullum, and appeared at numerous jazz festivals including the EFG London Jazz Festival, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, and the Leopolis Jazz Fest (former Alfa Jazz Fest).