Andriy Viytovych is recognised as one of the finest and most versatile British performers. He studied at the Lviv Conservatory (Ukraine) and the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland). His main influences were Alberto Lysy and Johannes Eskaer, his teachers and colleagues in concerto and chamber music recordings.
Before becoming Principal Viola of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2000 he was appointed by the London Symphony Orchestra as Co-principal Viola. He has toured as a soloist, appearing with distinguished orchestras in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, the United States and Argentina. His repertoire is extensive both in concerts and recital. He has played principal viola with many orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, working with eminent conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink and Sir Georg Solti.
Mr. Viytovych´s enthusiasm for chamber music has led to collaboration with different chamber groups including Camerata Lysy, the London Symphony Chamber Players, Razumovsky Ensemble and Covent Garden Soloists.
In 2000 Mr. Viytovych became principal viola with the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He combines this work with a position as professor of viola at the Royal College of Music, London.