Ukrainian pianist, composer, and singer-songwriter ‘Dmytro Shurov’ is based in Kyiv.
In addition, he produced the music for Ukraine’s entry in the 2023 and 2024 Eurovision Song Contest and served as a judge on the eighth and ninth seasons of the Ukrainian version of X-Factor. Look at his early life, career, and what happened to this songwriter.
Early life and career of Dmytro
On October 31, 1981, Shurov was born in Vinnytsia. His mother is a teacher and musician, and his father, Ihor, is a painter and poet. At four years old, he started learning to play the piano.
Shurov studied at the Lyceum Auguste Renoir in Limoges, France, as well as in Utah, USA, where he participated in the jazz band, orchestra, and choir, all of which performed Baroque pieces.
He also played in the quartet “Barbershop.” Shurov applied to Kyiv National Linguistic University after his return from the US.
In 2000, Shurov became a session member of Okean Elzy. He joined the band later in 2001 and rose to fame alongside the band, which was becoming more and more popular.
Shurov left the group in 2004 to play bass with Okean Elzy member Yuriy Khustochka in a newly formed band called Esthetic Education. Up until 2008, Esthetic Education was still in operation. In 2009, he started his project called “Pianoboy”.
As a part of Gogolfest, Shurov co-organized the Moloko Music Fest in Kyiv in 2008 and 2009. He wrote the music for fashion shows as well as for Khottabych and the Servant of the People television series. Moreover, in Ukraine, he represents Yamaha as a brand ambassador.
What happened to Dmytro Shurov?
During the show, Dmytro Shurov was seen on television shattering guitars. The incident occurred while he was evaluating a contestant’s performance.
Dmytro Shurov is among the judges on this season of The X Factor. He has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
The singer was seen on camera stomping on a guitar while performing with J-Lo, a competitor. It gave the impression that he was losing control over who he was and what he was doing, which caused a lot of media attention. He lost his job as a judge on The X Factor following that.
Because of his childish and unprofessional behavior, his fans are angry. Consequently, for his act, he has paid a heavy cost.
Shurov is well-known for his harsh critiques of competitors, which he typically reserves for the very end of the show.
However, on this particular occasion, he broke the contestant’s guitar during a performance.
The incident’s video went viral, and finally, he issued a public apology for his misbehavior in response to intense fan criticism.
Dmytro Shurov’s (Pianoboy’s) music
While studying in the 2nd year, he had material for the first album. However, Shurov joined the Okean Elzy group instead of pursuing solo work.
On the recommendation of the band’s bassist and friend, Yuri Khustochka, the musician joined the group in 2000. Dmitry started writing songs, including “Oto Bula Spring.”
Dmitry Shurov collaborated with Zemfira from 2007 to 2008, co-producing her album “Thank You.” He has played on stage for 100 concerts and gone on tour as a pianist.
Shurov and associates embarked on their first independent tour in 2010 as part of the Pianoboy project. The first album’s recording has started.
After working with the Boombox group to record the song “Etazhi” in 2011, the group began communicating with Alexei Samogonov, the Boombox producer, and the Music for the Masses company.
The author’s album “Pianoboy” was released in 2012. It has the name “Simple Things”. The song “Tsiluy Men” was recorded by “Pianoboy” in 2019 as a duet with singer Shy and in association with Alina Pash.