Konstantyn Napolov (1987) graduated with his Bachelor degree in 2013 and Master diploma in 2015 cum laude in
the percussion department of The Royal Conservatory at The Hague educated by Fedor Teunisse, Luuk Nagtegaal,
Marinus Komst and Wim Vos. Foregoing he has succeeded in getting his Bachelor and Master of Percussion and
Conducting at the National Music Academy Kiev (Ukraine).
With his Percussion-Trio 'Davai Perkusion' Konstantyn won the first prize during the Grachtenfestival Concours at
The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Twice they ended up as a finalists of the Kamermuziek Concours Almere,
IPC Luxembourg, won the first prize at 'Oh,Oh Intro' – popfestival The Hague, etc…
During his first year of Master he was accepted to do his Erasmus-study at the conservatory with the oldest
percussion traditions – Cité de la Musique et de la Danse Conservatoire de Strasbourg-, educated by Emmanuel
Séjourné, Denis Riedinger and Stephan Fougeroux. Beside it he participated in several masterclasses by wellknown percussionists like Peter Sadlo, Mark Pekarski, Christian Dierstein, Paul Mootz, Marta Klimasara, Robyn
Schulkowsky, Nancy Zaltsman and many others.
Konstantyn is a great promoter of contemporary percussion till now he premiered more than 10 new works.
Together with Kaija Saariaho, Martijn Padding, Unsuk Chin, John Luther Adams, Philippe Manoury (with all in
person) he is working on a solo and chamber music repertoire. Together with Steve Reich they worked on
numerous of his pieces and particularly performed his master work "Music for 18 musicians" at the stadium with
more then 5000 in public in time of “Lowlands festival 2013”.
Also he continued as a soloist, won several prizes and took part in prestigious world-wide competitions, among
others during the ARD Musikwettbewerb München, Tromp IMC Eindhoven, Dutch Classical Talent and the
Grachtenfestival Concours. In March 2015 won two 1st Prizes at the International Music competition in Belgrade
Serbia, as a soloist and with own Duo Delonix, and in 2016 he Won the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prijs 15.000€ .
Within the NJO Konstantyn went from playing Tam-Tam part in Shostakovich's 11th symphony till the nomination
" Young Artist in Residence". In the same year he was nominated by the prestigious international festival for
"Grachtenfestivalprijs" and "Artist in Residence Grachtenfestival Amsterdam".
The honor moment was to perform with the renowned show-percussion group Percossa for The Dutch ministry
and The Dutch Royal family.
For the summer of 2015 Konstantyn has been invited to participate in the masterclasses at the well-known 'Chosen
Vale' in America, for which he was granted the prestigious Colin Currie scholarship, masterclasses at New York's '
The Juilliard School ' and Boston Conservatory. And already for the winter 2016 Konstantyn won the principal
position at "The World Percussion Group 2016" directed by renowned English percussion duo "Maraca2" which
includes more then 2 month tour through the USA and after that he was invited to give the masterclasses and to
perform in the Mexico.
Since 2014 Konstantyn Napolov is Haupt-Pauker (principal-percussionist) at Mannheimer Philharmoniker
Konstantyn is officially ‘Adams’ and ‘Mike Balter Mallets’ artist.