Daniel Volovets is a guitarist, composer, arranger, and instructor specializing in classical, flamenco, Latin American, and jazz music. Although born in the United States, his music is informed first and foremost by his Russian heritage. He was raised in a household of almost constantly reverberating musical notes -- passionate and melancholy melodies of Russian and Ukrainian folklore, gently swaying Brazilian rhythms intermingled with the nearly-untranslatable sentiment of saudade, fiery strumming of flamenco masters, soulful and oft mournful fado, and wistful yet playful chansons of French bards, just to name a few. Daniel began his studies at the age of 7 with the renowned Russian classical guitarist Anatoly Shapiro and subsequently also studied with classical/flamenco guitarist Tony Hauser and the legendary flamenco guitarist "El Payo" Humberto Wilkes. Daniel's mastery of many musical genres and aesthetics is evident in the breadth of his extensive repertoire, which spans numerous countries and eras. He is an accomplished arranger and composer, utilizing the harmonic and tonal possibilities of the guitar in his arrangements and compositions for both solo guitar and various ensembles. Daniel is a prolific performer, giving concerts regularly throughout the Twin Cities at a wide range of venues and with the sponsorship of various organizations, including the Cedar Cultural Center, the Landmark Center, the Museum of Russian Art, the Saint Paul Public Library, the Dakota Jazz Club, the Minnesota Guitar Society, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, and Casa de España, to name a few. Daniel also maintains an active teaching practice, working with students of all ages and skill levels. Daniel has recorded six CDs - Watercolors of the World (2008), Silhouette (2009), Rite of Passage (2011), Rainy Highway (2014), Wistful Tendrils (2015), and Echoes of Love (2016) - and is currently working on a seventh, Masquerade (2019). He primarily plays guitars built by luthier Stephen Kakos. Daniel graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.S. in Neuroscience and currently attends the University of Minnesota Medical School. He aspires to balance careers in medicine and music, inspired by the jazz pianist/psychiatrist Denny Zeitlin and composer/otolaryngologist Krzysztof Komeda.
In addition to solo performance, Daniel frequently shares the stage with his multi-instrumentalist brother Adrian Volovets (flute, tenor/soprano saxophone, violin, cello, piano, harpsichord, pipe organ). With musical interests ranging from baroque to jazz, Adrian draws upon a diverse set of influences and genres in his performances. His biggest inspiration is Karl Richter, the world-famous conductor, organist, harpsichordist, and choirmaster. Adrian is a gifted autodidact, having taught himself the flute, tenor/soprano saxophones, piano, and cello. At the age of 16, what began as a seemingly harmless question -- "how do pianists keep track of two parts at once?" -- grew into a fascination with J.S. Bach, which eventually led to pursing the harpsichord and pipe organ. After a year of exploring the world of Bach at several local churches, including the Basilica of Saint Mary, the Cathedral of St. Paul, and the Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, as well as studies with the Basilica's principal organist Christopher Stroh, he is pursuing a degree in organ performance at the University of Minnesota. In the past, he has studied with Boris Lipovsky (recorder), Samuel Zabezhinsky (violin), Laila Hollenbeck (flute), and Aaron Janse (violin). Together, Daniel and Adrian form a duo whose telepathic musical communication and varied repertoire have brought them critical acclaim. Their music is a unique combination of flamenco, Brazilian, jazz, and classical genres, including innovative arrangements of old favorites and original compositions. Their technical virtuosity and soulful interpretations have captivated audiences throughout the Twin Cities.
"El Payo" Humberto Wilkes