Vladimir Tolpygo was born in 1988 in Moscow. He received his first violin lessons at the age of four with Prof. Sergei Fatkulin, emigrating to Portugal a year later while continuing being taught violin mostly by his parents.
From 2001 to 2007 he attended the “ARTAVE” Music High School in Caldas da Saúde in the violin class of Sergey Arutyunyan having subsequently continued his studies at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, Germany from 2007 to 2012 in the class of Prof. Roman Nodel .
He has won the 1st prize at the “Prémio Jovens Músicos” competition (2004 and 2008, Portugal), the 1st ex-aequo prize at the “Júlio Cardona” international competition (2005, Portugal), the 3rd ex-aequo prize at the “Concorso Internazionale Andrea Postacchini” competition (2009, Italy), the first prize at the “16° Concurso de Interpretação do Estoril” (2014, Portugal), among other prizes and participated in a vast number of master-classes with renowned teachers. Solo performances with orchestra include the “Gulbenkian Foundation” Orchestra, “Filarmonia das Beiras”, “Orquestra do Algarve”, among others.
Throughout his studies, he had the privilege of being the beneficiary of the “Calouste Gulbenkian” scholarship.
From October 2012 to April 2013, Vladimir Tolpygo played as an intern in the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra of the SWR, cutting his internship short to start working at his permanent position in the Munich Radio Orchestra since May 2013, while still in the process of completing his post-graduation degree (“Konzertexam”) at the University of Music in Karlsruhe in the class of Prof. Laurent Albrecht Breuninger, since October 2012.
He plays on a violin built by Romeo Antoniazzi in the year 1913, in Milan.