Kirill Raskolenko
Teaching Artist

Kirill Raskolenko has performed and recorded with many
musicians across North America and Europe. A virtuoso player on 4-string and 5-string acoustic and electric violins, he is a
classically trained musician with experience in classical chamber
and orchestra music, fiddle music, improvisation, and music
composition. Kirill has wide experience in performing as
orchestra violinist. He started his professional way in this area at
the age of 17. After graduation Gnesin’s Russian Academy of
Music in Moscow he started his fiddle life in addition to orchestra
and chamber experience. While his fiddling is rooted in the Cape
Breton style, he is equally versed in playing Irish, Scottish, and
American Folk music. He has taught and performed at prestigious festivals such as the Cape Breton Fiddler’s Association (Canada), Celtic Colours (Canada), and Summer Music Intensives (Texas), and has also toured extensively across Europe and Asia with symphony orchestras, classical chamber and fiddle music.

In addition to teaching and performing, KeyReel also composes
for many instruments, including violin, string quartet and
orchestra. His works have been performed at the Great Hall of
Gnesin’s Academy, the Moscow House of Composers, and Texas
Christian University.

Keyreel graduated from the Gnesin’s Russian Academy of Music
with his BM and MM degrees for violin in 2005, and is currently
working on his Artist Diploma degree from Texas Christian
University. Also he is member of several orchestras in DFW area
TX now. In addition to his classical program and fiddle life, he
studies and plays jazz, funk and occasionally performs rock
concerts in DFW area on his 5-string electric violin.