Konstantyn Napolov was educated as a percussionist and conductor in Kyiv. In The Hague, he completed his studies with Fedor Teunisse, Luuk Nagtegaal, Hans Zonderop, and Wim Vos with honours in 2015. He was selected for the Erasmus programme by the conservatoire in the city with the world’s oldest percussion traditions, Strasbourg’s Cité de la Musique et de la Danse, where he studied with percussion legend Emmanuel Séjourné.
In 2015, he was invited to participate in masterclasses at the famous Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Chosen Vale (US) and awarded a prestigious Colin Currie scholarship to attend courses at New York’s Juilliard School and the Boston Conservatory. In addition, he took masterclasses with many well-known musicians, including Peter Sadlo, Mark Pekarski, Christian Dierstein, Paul Mootz, Marta Klimasara, Robyn Schulkowsky, and Nancy Zaltsman.
Konstantyn has been successful at international competitions, both as a soloist and with his ensembles. He won first and other prizes, places in finals, and nominations at ARD Musikwettbewerb München, TROMP Percussion Eindhoven, Kamermuziekconcours Almere, IPC Luxembourg, Oh Oh Intro The Hague, Dutch Classical Talent, the Belgrade International Competition, the Grachtenfestival Competition, and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurprijs.
At the World Percussion Group, he was awarded an over-two-months US tour, during which he also gave concerts and masterclasses in Mexico. In 2021 he was selected by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to represent Dutch art and culture as artist in residence in Egypt, and to tour with the renowned musician and composer, Ahmed Saleh. He had the honour to perform together with the famous show percussion group, Percossa, for the Dutch government and royal family.
Konstantyn is an official Adams, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Mike Balter Mallets and TRPTK music label artist.