Vlad and his wife, violinist Svitlana Kovalenko, have been performing together for many years as the “Romantic Duo”, sharing their music at many organizational events, family celebrations, retirement communities and nursing homes throughout the region.
An energetic and devoted teacher, Vlad takes great pride in his students’ achievements. Every year his students are accepted by audition to participate in the Massachusetts Central District and All-State Festival Concerts, including one who received a Hall of Fame Award in 2010 for participation all 4 years of high school in the Central District and All-State Festival Concerts. Vlad’s students have participated in the Worcester and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the NEC Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble and the Joy of Music Youth Orchestra. Several of his students are winners of Young Artist Competitions and have performed their solo pieces with symphony orchestras in concerts. Some of his students continue their study in college, either majoring or minoring in music.
Vlad has taught clarinet and saxophone at Clark University in Worcester, the Performing Arts School of Worcester, and the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Currently, Vlad teaches in the Artist-in-Residence Program at Wachusett Regional School District, where he organized and writes arrangements for the Clarinet-Saxophone Ensemble. He has been on Joy of Music’s faculty since 2006 and Cape Conservatory since August 2014.