the name of the very talented Besfamilnov became famous across the USSR
and abroad. Besfamilnov began an active career as a soloist touring the
world, television broadcasts, archive recordings for Ukrainian radio,
recordings with recording company "Melodiya", participation
in juries of international competitions and seminars, etc.
name of Professor Vladimir Besfamilnov is synonymous with originality
in the history of accordion performance. His many years on concert
tour earned him wide critical acclaim, and sincere praise from prominent
The young performer's first musical steps were with his father.
Later he studied with Tkachyov at the Saratov music school and with
Zhuromsky at the Kiev school of music. His education includes completing
graduate and post-graduate studies at the Kiev Conservatorium of
Music "Tchaikovsky" under the guidance of the esteemed
professor Nikolay Rizol.
Besfamilnov's first musical success was winning an inter-school
competition in 1940 in the Saratov region, thereafter followed by
successes at national and international competitions from 1956 to
1959 in Moscow, Brussels and Vienna. Besfamilnoff won 3rd Prize
at the Coupe Mondiale,
held in Brussels in 1958 as he (with Viacheslav Galkin) were first
ever USSR competitors to represent their country at the Coupe
In Brussels, after his performance of the test piece written by
the Belgum composer Jul Katy, Besfamilnoff received a score from
the composer with the following inscription
"to the great and sensitive performer
of my music, Vladimir Besfamilnoff, with deepest admiration of your
talent, in memory of this significant day. With friendly greetings,
time, his own students have received more than 40 prizes at prestigous
competitions. The Kampuchean Academy of Arts honoured him with a gold
medal and the title
"Esteemed Cavalier". The
Russian Gnessin Academy awarded him a silver disk for "Contribution
to the Art of Accordion". In
2002 the Confederation Internationale
des Accordeonistes (CIA) presented him in Moscow the prestigious CIA
In the Ukraine, Vladimir Besfamilnov was the first international prizewinner
on the accordion, the first accordionist to tour nationally and internationally
as a soloist, the first to perform concertos with symphony orchestras,
chamber wind and entertainment orchestras.
As an accordion solosist he was first to be awarded the titles "Honoured
Artist of Ukraine" and
Artist of Ukraine" by
Vladimir Besfamilnov life video
Vladimir Besfamilnov performs Rondo-Capriccioso by Mendelsson
Vladimir Besfamilnov performs Italian Polka by Rachmaninoff, arranged by Yashkevich.
A collection of twelve new CD's has just been released and may be ordered
from Besfamilnov. These recordings have been sourced from Ukrainian Radio
archives recorded between 1953 and 1989. Of particular interest on the
CD's are the commentaries made by I. Shamo and K. Myaskov about their
concertos, the sinfonietta-concerto of I. Shamo where the organ part is
played on accordion at the composer's request, the children's album by
M. Chemberzhy "Lets listen and Draw" in which each movement
is accompanied by the poetry of T. Kolomietz and read by T. Malishevsky
and P. Gromovenko.
years Besfamilnov has taught at the National Academy of Music in
Kiev, Ukraine. Many of his students have been top place getters
in international competions and become well known performers.
They have travelled to the Ukraine for tuition from various countries,
or are now tutorsand peformers in other countries. These include
such famous names as: Vladimir
Zubitsky (Ukraine/Italy). Tatjana
Lukic-Marx (Serbia/Australia), Frederic Guerouet and M. Bruno
(France), S. Markovich ( Austria), D. Modrushan ( Croatia), D. Dunne
( Ireland), S. Neshich (Germany), J. Djordjevich, G. Tirnanich,
S. Perich, N. Yankov (Yugoslavia), D. Kljajic (Bosnia), J. Dimitrijevich
(Greece), A. Mamalyga (USA), S. Ivanovich and S. Milosevich (Switzerland),
Y. Froloff (Russia), L. Trofimenko, N. Shumskiy, A Besfamilnov,
V.Khavrun, L. Padi, S.Chumak, N. Kistenyoff (Ukraine) and many others.
brilliant virtuosity in transcriptions, mastery in miniatures and the
ability to make the instrument sing, all of which are testament to the
rare quality of this musican. The individual style of Besfamilnov is a
personal expression of his humanity in sound, which embraces a vast and
varied repertoire of works.
CD's, numbered 9 to 12, the fans of Besfamilnov's talent have a
real possibility to hear the unique recordings which are in musicians
home archives, in particular the concert which was broadcast live
from the the Organ and Chamber Hall in duet with organist V. Koshuba:
the first edition of the concert by N. Rizol together with the pianist
B. Shupak; "The Devotion to the Astor Piazolla " by Vladimir Zubitsky, monorecords of 50s and 70s, also Mozart-Grieg, Shamo,
Silvansky, Miaskov, Tchaikin sompositions, recorded in various versions.
The performances of Vladimir Besfamilnov demonstrates the highest
level of musicianship, artistic knowledge,