Igor Sulyga was born in Lvov, Ukraine; where he began his musical training. He later received his Bachelor Degree in Moscow’s famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory in class of Professor Fedor Druzhinine (violist whom Dmitri Shostakovich dedicated his Viola Sonata). In addition Mr. Sulyga holds Masters Diploma in quartet performance from the Gnessin Institute in Moscow guided by Valentin Berlinsky from the renowned Borodin Quartet. Soloist and principal violist of the worldwide renowned “Moscow Virtuosi” chamber orchestra (1980-2000), the Kopelman Quartet, and professor at the “Katarina Gurska” School of Music in Madrid.
As a chamber musician Mr. Sulyga has collaborated with Vladimir Spivakov, Evgeni Kissin, Maria Joao Pires, Aurel Nicolet, Boris Berman, and many others.
Mr. Sulyga participates in Masterclasses throughout the world, to include a few are; Colmar International Music Festival in France; Academia Metropolitana in Lisbon – Portugal; Vienna Conservatory – Austria; Conservatorio Teresa Berganza in Madrid – Spain; Murcia Superior Conservatory – Spain; Bilbao Conservatory – Spain; Course of Musical Perfection in Oviedo – Spain; and Tulane University in New Orleans – USA.
Mr. Sulyga has made numerous recordings. As a member of the Moscow String Quartet complete CD sets of string quartets of P. Tchaikovsky and complete chamber music of A. Borodin for Chant du Monde. As a member of Moscow Virtuosi he has extensively recorded for BMG/RCA. Mr. Sulyga was a violist of the famed Spivakov quartet, where over ten years performed and collaborated with distinguished violinist, soloist, and conductor – Vladimir Spivakov. As member of the Kopelman Quartet Mr. Sulyga has appeared in: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Theatre des Champ Elysees in Paris, Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Great Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Suntory Hall in Tokyo; to name only a few.
Mr. Sulyga was a laureate of numerous international competitions such as: First Prizes in Belgrade International Quartet Competition in 1971; and in Bratislava International UNESCO Competition in 1972. As a member of the Moscow String Quartet he collaborated with composer Dmitri Schostakovich on his late string quartets. In addition, Mr. Sulyga, as a principal violist of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory orchestra, received a First Prize at the Herbert von Karajan International Competition in Berlin.