Artem Vovk recently graduated from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Ray Chester. Artem was born in Korolev, Russia. He began playing guitar as a way to recuperate the fingers on his right hand after an injury, but this endeavor took a life of its own. In 2001 Artem moved to the United States, where he continued studying with Vladimir Fridman and Spencer Fellows. In addition, he has completed Teacher Training for Suzuki Guitar Books 1-4.
Artem performed solo throughout Maryland, spreading the music through the outreach programs, local festivals and house concerts. He also performed at festivals in Italy, Germany and Poland. In 2003 and 2004, he was a finalist in the Maryland Music Teacher Festival: Guitar Solo competition. In 2009, Artem participated in soundSCAPE music festival, premiering numerous works by fellow student composers and working with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. The collaborations include: Avi Avital, Tony Arnold, Hakki Cengiz Eren, Esin Gunduz, Matt Gould and members of the Ensemble Signal. In 2011, Artem was invited to the Bang on a Can festival in Massachusetts, where he performed alongside BoaC All-Stars and members of eighth blackbird. He also performed in the masterclasses with Martha Masters, Philippe Villa, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Irina Kulikova, Eden-Stell Duo, and others.
Aside from guitar, Artem received awards for his photography and participated in barefoot running workshops with Barefoot Ken Bob.