Vitaly Samoshko was born in Kharkiv city, Ukraine. At age five, he showed such musical promise he was granted a very early admission to the Kharkiv Special Music School. Professor Leonid Margarius started teaching him in 1985. He would continue tutoring Vitaly first at the Conservatory of Kharkiv, then in Imola, Italy at the Accademia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro”.
As an international piano prize winner, Vitaly’s talent attracted critical attention when he was awarded with second prizes at the 1993 F. Busoni Competition, 1995 Senigallia International Piano Competition, 1996 Concours International de Piano de Montréal and 1998 A. Rubinstein Piano Master Competition. In 1999, a first prize in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium brought his solo career to a worldwide soar. He has since performed in over 25 countries, such as Zurichs Tonhalle, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Metropolitan Museum and Steinway Hall in New York.
1998, 2nd Prize, The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Tel Aviv, Israel