"The quality of the Mike Balter Mallets has proven through the years on all continents and I feel very fortunate to experience this fully by being their Artist. As a contemporary percussionist I work with composers from all around the world. I'm happy and proud that all those different creative minds can find their satisfaction because of the incredibly wide range of mallets."
Konstantyn Napolov(1987) graduated with his Bachelor degree in 2013 and Master diploma in 2015 with cum laude in the percussion department of The Royal Conservatory at The Hague. Studied percussion instruments, educated by Fedor Teunisse, Luuk Nagtegaal, Marinus Komst and Wim Vos at the Royal Conservatory at The Hague. Foregoing he has succeeded in getting his Bachelor and Master of Percussion and Conducting at the National Music Academy Kiev (Ukraine).
With his Percussion-Trio 'Davai Perkusion' Konstantyn won the first prize during the Grachtenfestival Concours at Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Twice he ended up as a finalist of the Kamermuziek Concours Almere, IPC Luxembourg, won the first prize at 'Oh,Oh Intro' – pop festival The Hague, etc..
During his first year of Master he was accepted to do his Erasmus-study at the conservatory with the oldest percussion traditions – Cité de la Musique et de la Danse Conservatoire de Strasbourg-, educated by Emmanuel Séjourné, Denis Riedinger and Stephan Fougeroux. Beside it he participated in several masterclasses by well-known percussionists like Peter Sadlo, Mark Pekarski, Christian Dierstein, Paul Mootz, Marta Klimasara, Robyn Schulkowsky, Isao Nakamura and many others. Konstantyn is a great promoter of contemporary percussion. His repertoire includes a diversity of compositions by Telemann, Bach, Takemitsu, Xenakis, Martinciow, Sarhan, Padding, Boulez, Andriessen, Séjourné, own arrangements and pieces specially written for him.
Till now he premiered in more than 10 new pieces. Together with Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Martijn Padding, Unsuk Chin, John Luther Adams, Philippe Manoury (in person) he is working on a solo and chamber music repertoire. Also he continued as a soloist, won several prizes and took part in prestigious worldwide competitions, among other during the ARD IMC München, Tromp IMC Eindhoven, Dutch Classical Talent and the Grachtenfestival Concours. In March 2015 won two 1st Prizes at the International Music competition in Belgrade Serbia, as a soloist and with own Duo Delonix
For the summer of 2015 Konstantyn has been invited to participate in the master classes at the well-known ' Chosen Vale' in America, for which he was granted the prestigious Colin Currie scholarship, master classes at New York's ' The Juilliard School ' and Boston Conservatory.
Since 2014 Konstantyn Napolov is Haupt-Pauker (principal-percussionist) at Mannheimer Philharmoniker (Germany).
Konstantyn is officially a Mike Balter Mallets and Adams artist.