First violin

Bogdan Kievski

Bogdan was born and raised in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine. At around 6 years of age, he showed a keen interest in the violin. Ten years later, upon graduating from the the Kiev Lysenko Special Music School, he was accepted into the Conservatory, in the class of the renowned violinist and teacher, Professor Abram Shtern. 

At the start of 1990, one year before finishing his degree, Bogdan was offered a full time job in the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine following a successful audition for the first violin section. 

The next six years, while full of hard work, turned out to be a very rewarding experience for him in both learning the craft of orchestral playing and collaborating with some of the finest international conductors and soloists. As part of the orchestra, Bogdan was involved in a big recording project for Naxos as well as touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. 

In 1996, the CSO made him an offer and he moved permanently to New Zealand to play with them.