Vitaly Vatulya is one of the most outstanding young saxophonists of Russia. He was born in Moscow in 1987. Vitaly started his music education in the Crimea (Ukraine), and at the age of 13 he won a national contest called ‘Young Virtuoso’ in Simferopol. Later Vitaly Vatulya won various awards at ‘Young saxophonist’ European Contest (Gap, France), ‘Classical Heritage’ International Competition (Moscow, Russia), and the International Competition for Wind Instruments (Togliatti, Russia).
MUSIC FOR PEACE – international humanitarian project conducts annual charity concerts and master classes in various places around the world where people have suffered from natural disasters, terrorism, and military or political cataclysms. Project inception year is 2011.
The main goal set by the project founders – Maria Nemtsova (piano) and Vitaly Vatulya (saxophone) was the following: PRESERVATION AND STABILIZATION OF FRIENDLY RELATIONS BETWEEN THE NATIONS, CULTURAL EXCHANGE, SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN THE WORLD
Israel, Tunisia, Palestine, Georgia, Chechen Republic, Armenia, Ingush Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo, Slovenia, Albania, India, Syria, Far East, Nagorno Karabakh, Republic of Dagestan, Northern Ossetia – this is an incomplete list of the countries visited by the musicians since the project inception.
Maria Nemtsova was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and began playing the piano at the age of five. By the age of 6 Maria won her first piano competition. She later went on to attend the Myaskovsky Children’s Music School studying with Galina Esman, and taking part in the televised competition «Young Musicians of Moscow» (1997). In 1998 Maria Nemtsova was accepted into the competitive Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory Academic College. Whilst at the College, Maria participated in many festivals and gave concerts in Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and USA. She was a regular prize-winner in international competitions before graduating from the College with distinction in 2002 after which she was accepted into the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. It was at the Moscow Conservatory that Maria studied with the renowned pianist and teacher Prof. Yuri Slessarev from where she graduated in 2007 with honors.