“If Music is a kingdom, then Arkadiy Gips certainly wears a crown” was the media’s response to the first performances of Columbus Ohio’s new immigrant from Kiev, Ukraine. Arkadiy began playing violin at the age of three and at six, he was admitted to the School for Talented Children in Kiev.
"...I enjoyed listening to your group on my recent visit to Columbus. You are truly a fine artist and I will try to let the word out that I have heard your music and what I think of it."
-Theodore Bikel (Two-Time Tony Award Winner, Tevye of "Fiddler on the Roof", Folk singer, Jewish spokesman, Actor)
"My heartfelt thank you! You were terrific! Your music made the occasion one of the most memorable our family has ever had. The selections and the whole performance were the best."
-Jay Fishman (Conductor, Minnesota Sinfonia)
-Joyce Fishman (Violinist, Columbus Symphony)
After founding and performing with Amazing Strings for many years, Gips and the trio released their first CD, Yidishe Soul. In collaboration with guitarist Neil Jacobs and bassist John Douglas, Arkadiy was featured on “American Gypsy,” nominated for AIMA Album of the Year. Dialogue, a duet consisting of Gips and pianist/composer Mikhail Popov, has been known nationwide for their dynamically rhythmic self-titled debut and energetic live performances.
Today, Arkadiy Gips continues to embrace his love for music and his culture. He and world-renowned seven-string guitarist Vadim Kolpakov have been performing Romany music for audiences in the USA and Canada. More recently, Arkadiy was invited to perform in Madonna’s “Sticky and Sweet” tour as part of the Kolpakov Trio, gracing audiences worldwide and adding new colors to a previously unexplored genre.