Faculty Chair Profile

Vadim Karpinos

NMS Percussion Faculty
Assistant Principal Timpani, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Vadim Karpinos joined the orchestra in January 2001. He was bon in Kiev, Ukraine and began showing an interest in percussion at a very early age. When he was five years old, he started drums with a children’s music group, and was accepted at the Revutsky Music School to study with Igor Sheremet at age six. At the Revutsky Music School, he won numerous awards, including the Prize Winning Medal in 1987, an award from the Kiev Children’s Philharmonic in 1989 and first prize in the former Soviet Union’s Young Virtuoso competition.

He and his family moved to New York in 1991. He was accepted as a full-scholarship student to the pre-college program of the Juilliard School to study with David Fein. In 1992, he entered LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, where he received several awards including the Louis Smadbeck Scholarship, the Dr. Randolph Goodman award and the Morton Gould Memorial Award, in addition to winning several concerto competitions. He was also the first place winner of the ASCAP Leiber and Stoeler Scholarship.

Vadim attended the Manhattan School of Music as a full-scholarship student and studied with Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton and Don Liuzzi. He was a Tanglewood fellow and performed with numerous orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony, the New York City Opera and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Vadim is currently a member of the faculty at Roosevelt University, where he is a percussion ensemble director, and a member of the New Music School's Advisory Board. In addition to performing around the world, he has appeared on television and radio and recently released several CDs.

In his spare time, he enjoys practicing martial arts, traveling and playing with his friendly black cat, Mr. Trevor.