Vladimir Tolpygo was born in Moscow in 1988. Having received his first violin tuition aged four from Sergei Fatkulin, he emigrated to Portugal a year later, where his parents continued to teach him the violin.
From 2001 to 2007, he attended the ARTAVE music college in Caldas ad Saúde in Sergey Arutyunyan’s violin class. From 2007 to 2012, he studied Artistic Training under Roman Nodel at Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, and, from October 2012 to March 2016, postgraduate Concert Exam course at the Karlsruhe University of Music under Laurent Albrecht Breuninger.
Vladimir Tolpygo has won awards in various national and international competitions, including first prize at Prémio Jovens Músicos (2004 and 2008) and at the international Júlio Cardona contest (2005). In 2006 he won second prize at the International Competition of Young Performers. Further awards include third place in the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition (2009) and he was prize winner in the Italian Pietro Argento competition. He received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now initiative.
From October 2012 to April 2013 Vladimir Tolpygo worked as volunteer at the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and from May 2013 to August 2016 he played first violin in the Munich Radio Orchestra. In September 2016 he joined the first violins of the Munich Philharmonics.