Cello, North York Music Festival concerto winner
Born in Athens, Greece, Alik Volkov grew up to be a definite musician in the musical family, society, and culture surrounding him. Under the direction of his dad at first, Alik began learning the cello at a tremendous pace and made his debut at the age of 11 as a soloist with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norman Reintamm.
Having his older brother as a role model for him, Alik quickly developed his skills with ease as a stage performer and adapted to the development of a professional musical career. After moving to Canada and joining the Eli Phil and Taylor Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Alik continued his studies under Dr. David Hetherington. Every year, he competes at festivals including Kiwanis, North York and York Region Music Celebration Festival and achieves high marks and first places. In 2015, Alik received the Most Promising Cellist Award and a 1 st Place of the Concerto Competition of the York Region Music Festival. As a result, he performed with the orchestra on February 7th, 2015 conducted by Jacque Israilevitch. Alik’s most recent achievement is the Best of Class Award in Kiwanis Music Festival in 2016. He also, twice in a row, became a winner of the Concerto Competition of North York Music Festival in 2015 and 2016.