|Andrei Pidkivka, Folk Flutes
Andrei Pidkivka began playing the sopilka and other folk flutes, as a child in his native Ukraine. Since then, he has become a master of folk wind instruments. Graduating from the Ukrainian State Academyin Lviv with a major in both folk and classical music, Andrei began his professional career as principle flutist for the Ukrainian State Folk Ensemble, Unist and performed with the Lviv Philharmonic State Symphony Orchestra. In 1992 he received first prize at the International Music Festival of European State Folk Ensembles in Vienna. His talents have brought him to Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. In 1999, Andrei received his Masters of Music from the M. M. Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and is curently pursuing his PhD at Michigan State University.