United Kingdom, London England Violin
From a young age, violinist Yuliya Ostapchuk has been awarded prizes at several international competitions across Europe and has participated in masterclasses with teachers such as Michael Strycharz, Igor Ozim, Mikyung Lee, Berent Korfker and Tasmin Little. Yuliya was born in Lviv, Ukraine. She began learning the violin aged six, with Oksana Andreyko and later, with Maria Futorska at the S.Krushelnytska Music School of Lviv. Yuliya has also performed concerti with orchestras in Ukraine, Slovakia and the UK.
At the age of 12, Yuliya moved to England to study at the Purcell School of Music as a recipient of The Music and Dance Scheme Scholarship and The Helen Roll Charity where she studied the violin with Evgeniy Grach and later, under the Head of Strings, Charles Sewart. In that time, she won the concerto prize at Ealing Festival, performed recitals at the Milton Court as well as the Wigmore Hall, made her debut of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Sidcup Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Ross and led the Purcell Orchestra at the Deal Festival as well as at The Duke’s Hall. Yuliya won the Arthur Felsenstein Leavers award just before joining The Royal Academy of Music in September 2017, under the guidance of So-Ock Kim and Philippe Honore and as a recipient of the Mr and Mrs Steven Smith Scholarship award as well as St Marylebone Educational Foundation Award and Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust Award, graduating with First-Class Honours. During this time she worked with esteemed conductors including John Wilson, Ryan Wigglesworth, Robert Trevino and Semyon Bychkov as part of Czech Philarmonic ‘Side by Side’ concert. Some ensembles outside the Academy Yuliya has been a part of include the Orien Orchestra, Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra as well as the City of London Soloists, performing Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ with the ensemble. From September 2021, Yuliya Ostapchuk is a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music in London, studying violin with Itzhak Rashkovsky. She is a Frederick Johnston Scholar as well as a recipient of The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust Award. Yuliya is extremely grateful to The Royal College of Music and Lady Lichfield for kindly loaning her the 1775 Storioni violin that she is very honoured to be playing on.