Vitalij Kuprij, born July 7, 1974 in Ukraine is a Ukrainian-American pianist, composer, music teacher, and keyboardist for his own solo-work, but as well for the bands, Artension, Ring of Fire, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the Vivaldi Metal Preoject.
This is the Yngwie Malmsteen on the piano/keyboard. He resides in Reading, Pennsylvania and sometimes at The Blue Falls Grove when he is not touring.
Vitalij began piano studies at Kiev's Mykola Lysenko Music Academy where he studied with Professor Nina Najditsch. After graduation, he went to Switzerland to study with Vienna's Rudolf Buchbinder at the Basel Conservatory. In 1995, Vitalij Kuprij was sent to the United States upon recommendation by Sir James Galway to study with pianist Gary Graffman, President and Director of Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. From Curtis, while on full scholarship, he obtained another degree and graduated in 2000.
Galway chose him as his accompanist for the International Flute Seminar Master Classes held in Switzerland and for work on an international tour. Galway and Vitalij were on National Public Radio in the United States when Galway played a world-premier of one of his original compositions written for piano and flute. Soon thereafter, Vitalij was featured on WRTI for an hour broadcast from Philadelphia titled "Crossover with Jill Pasternak".
On March 7, 1999, Vitalij was selected as the soloist to perform the "Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1" with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, followed by performances at the Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
After performing his Carnegie Hall solo debut, Vitalij Kuprij was featured in a two-page spread in the New York Times written by arts and entertainment writer Dan Wakin.
During the summer of 2007, Vitalij appeared at Mexico's "Music Fest" in Mexico City.
Vitalij is negotiating with the Kiev Philharmonic to record the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto.
In 2009 he joined the progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a pianist/keyboard player and has been hired back for each subsequent tour ever since. He has toured extensively with TSO in North America and Europe. Vitalij also appears on TSO's first EP, Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night), released in 2012. His antics and stellar musicianship have made him a fan of performing live on stage. He was also featured as additional keyboardist of Savatage during its 2015 Wacken reunion show.
When he is not touring, Vitalij works on writing and composing his own piano concerto. He plans to dedicate his concerto to the memory of his late father and mentor who was a professor of trombone and music theory in a conservatory in Ukraine.
High Definition (1997)
Extreme Measures (1998)
Works of Liszt and Chopin (2001)
Forward and Beyond (2004)
The Modern European Tradition (2005)
Glacial Inferno (2007)
Glacial Inferno & Revenge (2007) compilation
12 Months of the Year (2008)
Letters From the Labyrinth (2015)