Countertenor Konstantin Derri was born in Kiev where he first studied piano. He began his vocal studies in 2006 in the Ukraine and continued in 2009 at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Valencia, Spain, where he received his master’s degree in 2014. At the conservatory’s opera studio he was able to take on main roles such as the title characters in Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Tamerlano, Mozart’s Mitridate, rè di Ponto (Farnace) and Ascanio in Alba as well as Rossini’s Tancredi singen. He also participated in master classes for baroque music at the Salamanca University with Richard Levitt and David Manson, and he was (semi) finalist and prize winner at national and internationalen vocal competitions such as the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition in Saragossa, the 5th International Singing Competition „Villa de Colmenar Viejo“ in Madrid, the 16th International Competition „Ferruccio Tagliavini“ in Deutschlandsberg and the 48th Francisco Viñas International Singing Contest in Barcelona. In 2015 he was awarded 2nd prize at the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera „Pietro Antonio Cesti“ in Innsbruck.
Konstantin Derri began his professional career in 2006 with concerts at the Dnipropetrovsk Philharmonic and the Dnipropetrovsk Opera in the Ukraine. His stage debut was in 2008 as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Music Salon of the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum in Kiev. At the beginning of his career he was involved in several opera project with tenor Vladimir Grishko, and performed on stages at Lviv National Academic Theatre of Opera, Donetsk State Academic Opera, National Opera Kiev and National-Philharmonic in Kiev.
Since he moved to Spain he is also a sought after soloist in Western Europe. He performed the role of Luceyo in the world premiere of Manuel Ferreira’s opera El mayor triunfo de la mayor guerra under the auspices of the 15th Festival Internacional de Música Antigua y Barroca de Peñíscola, and at the Auditorio Municipal de Riba-Roja he was heard in the title roles of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Handel’s Rinaldo. Subsequently, he performed the Sorcerer in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in various theatres in Spain, like the Teatre Auditori Catarroja Francisco Chirivella, the Gran Teatre De Xátiva and the Palau de la Música de Valencia. In 2014 he sang Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Hamburger Kammeroper, and in 2015 he made his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid, again as the Sorcerer in Dido and Aeneas.
Engagements in 2016 included performances as the title character in Farinelli, el castrato del rey Felipe at Teatros del Canal Madrid, in Scarlatti’s Colpa, Pentimento e Grazia at the Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla and in Cesti’s Le nozze in sogno at the Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik. In 2017 he makes his debut as Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Theater Freiburg.
As a concert soloist, Konstantin Derri has performed a Christmas concert under the baton of Nikolay Dyadyura at the National Philharmonic in Kiev, opera gala concerts at the Festival „La Quincena Musical“ de San Sebastian, the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberger, the 16th Festival de Música Antigua de Zaragoza, at the Hamburger Kammeroper and many concerts of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Orfeó d’Aldaia Choir at the Palau de la Música de Valencia and the auditorios of Torrente, Catarroja and Vall d’Uixo. In 2012 he recorded his first CD „Joan Cabanilles, la música d’un temps” with the Música Trobada Baroque Ensemble at the Palau de la música de Valencia.