Marko Topchii, 22, secured the First Prize, Audience Favourite Award and Musicians Award at JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition held in Bufallo in June, 2014. Thus Ukrainian became the second musician in the contest history who won both the main prize and all special awards.

As Topchii received his award, in Keinhans hall holding about 2,500 people the Buffalo Philharmonic brass section performed the national anthem of Ukraine.

Marko Topchii graduated from Kharkiv Art Institute and at the moment employed as assistant in the class of well-recognized Ukrainian artist in Kyiv National Academy of Music. He has won more than 20 awards worldwide in professional international guitar competitions (besides numerous second and third prizes). He has performed in one of the most prominent halls of National Philharmonic of Ukraine. Ukrainian goes on tours all over the world including Japan, USA, Spain, Italy, Poland, France, Germany, Mexico and others.

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