Eugene Kulikov is a UK based versatile guitarist and composer who covers many genres of instrumental music - Contemporary Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Blues, Latin and Fingerstyle guitar.
He was born in Russia into a musical family and from a very early age was surrounded by music. At the age of 12 he started studying music theory and playing guitar under the guidance of his father, who was also a musician.
His musical career started in a school band, playing rock, blues and pop music under the influence of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, Free. In parallel with many hours of rehearsing with the band he also studied classical guitar.
With a view to advance as a musician, Eugene undertook a four-year course at the Moscow College of Music. During this time he was introduced to other musical instruments, such as piano, double bass, bass guitar, etc. Among many musical subjects he studied composition, orchestration and arranging music.
To expand his musical horizons and to get new musical ideas he listened to and analyzed many different styles of music. Together with Classical, Blues, Rock and Latin music he was very interested in Modern Jazz and jazz improvisation. Artists like John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, George Benson, Joe Pass became his new focus in developing as a musician.
After leaving the College of Music, he worked as a professional musician in the legendary Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra. There were many recording sessions, touring, appearing at music festivals, on TV and radio shows. At that time he discovered the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner.
He has toured with bands, and as a solo artist, lectured and performed at The Royal Academy of Music. BBC radio presented a special program about Eugene and his musical career.
Eugene also composes and produces original compositions for films, commercials, TV and radio programs. Amongst his clients are well-known film/TV production companies such as Universal, NBC¸ Fox, CBS, Walt Disney, Warner Bros. One of Eugene's guitar compositions was featured in the Oscar nominated film "The Descendants”, starring George Clooney.