Vadim Volynets is the principal double bass player of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra. He was born, raised, and educated in Ukraine, where he graduated from a prestigious Ukrainian National State Conservatory in Kiev and Odessa, the R.M.Glier Kiev State Institute of Music, and State Music School for Gifted Children in Kiev. He earned degrees as a soloist, chamber musician, symphony orchestra musician and pedagogue.
During his third year of study at the R. M. Glier Kiev Institute of Music, Vadim Volynets gave an outstanding debut performance and recording on the National Radio of Ukraine of the “Contemporary Concerto for Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra” by the Ukrainian composer Y. Lapinsky, and performed this concerto many times on festivals in Ukraine. Just after graduating the R. M. Glier Kiev State Institute of Music, he won an audition as the principal double bass at the Ukrainian State Opera Theatre for Children, and the position 4th chair at the State Honored National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
Vadim has worked with numerous esteemed Ukrainian and Russian conductors. As the double bass soloist, he played with the Kiev Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Virtuosi of Crimea, the classical trio “Riturnel”, the jazz quartet “Black Fan”, and as the principal double bass with the National House of Organ and Chamber Music of Ukraine, the Ukrainian State Academic Operetta Theatre, the Kiev Symphony Choir and Orchestra, the Crimea State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Also, Vadim has participated as the principal double bass player at festivals with the Symphony Orchestra “Ukraine” in various cities in Italy and France and with the National Chamber Orchestra in South Korea.
Vadim Volynets began composing music and writing poems after he found inspiration after emigrating to America in 1996.
Volynets, a teacher with over 30 years’ experience, teaches double bass, piano, cello, guitar, and bass guitar at his private studio. He worked as a professor at Mercer University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University, and Wesleyan College in addition to participating in the Artists in the Classroom educational program sponsored by Macon Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed with the Atlanta Opera as well as the Charleston, Macon, Savannah, Greenville, and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras. Currently, Volynets plays with the Symphony Orchestras of Columbus, Valdosta, Albany (GA), Beaufort, Hilton Head (SC), and various chamber ensembles.