Viola player Konstantin Boyarsky was born in Russia into a family of musicians and began playing the violin at the age of six. He attended The Music School affiliated to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Professor Inna Gauhman.
From an early age he took part in public concerts at prestigious venues in Russia including the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At the age of 13 his musical talent was recognised by a special award for Performing Arts given by the Russian Fund for Culture. In 1990 his family left Russia and in 1991 settled in the UK where he went to Yehudi Menuhin School, studying there for three years with his mother Natalia Boyarsky. In 1999, Konstantin completed a Bachelor of Music course and in summer 2000 a postgraduate course in advanced performance with distinction at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Doctor Felix Andrievsky, Simon Rowland-Jones and took lessons from Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman and Igor Suliga (Kopelmann quartet). During that time he won many major awards including The Malcolm Sargent Award and Martin Fund. He was a winner of 1999 Bernard Shore viola competition and got a “Diploma of Honour” from Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy .In 2003 Konstantin was a prize winner of the International Tertis viola competition.
At present Konstantin is working as a Principal violist of the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden as well as giving many solo and chamber music concerts around England, most European countries and worldwide venues in Asia, USA, Central and South America.
Instrumentalists with whom he has collaborated as a soloist and chamber musician include late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Nikolaj Znaider, Lang Lang and many others. The conductors with whom he worked with include Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano and many others.
Konstantin also does a lot of composing. He has a number of instrumental compositions and arrangements for viola and other instruments as well as two ballets “Sleepers” and “Children of War” which he wrote in collaboration with the The Royal Ballet school of dancing. The ballet “Sleepers” was also included in a feature by “South Bank Show” in collaboration with BBC television. In July 2008 he was commissioned to write a chamber work for the Radio France and Arts channel “Mezzo”. A piece “Mosaique Musicale” was very well received, broadcasted several times around the world and had rave reviews.