Taras Shtonda was born in 1966. He graduated from Kiev State Conservatory in 1993. Since 1996 he has succesfully participated at many international competitions such as the Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition (Pamplona, 1996, 3rd prize), the Francisco Vinas International Singing Contest (Barcelona, 1997, 2nd prize) and the Maria Callas Grand Prix (Athens, 1997, 1st prize). Since 1992 he has been a principal soloist of the Taras Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine. Here he has performed many principal roles of the bass repertoire: Filippo II and Grande Inquisitore (Don Carlos), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Mephistofele (Faust), Boris Godunov, Pimen (Boris Godunov), Gremin (Onegin) and many others. He was on tours to all European countries and to Israel, Brazil, South Korea, China and Japan. During his career he has collaborated with conductors as Zubin Mehta, Leif Segerstam, Michael Guttler, Giuliano Carella, Valery Gergiev and others. He has performed with Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Pape, Anja Harteros, Matti Salminen and others. Among his CD recordings we find Masterpieces of Russian Music (2006, Production of Bolshoi Theatre and Philips), Symphonies XIII and XIV by Schostakovich with Beethoven Orchestra (2005-2006) or Luisa Miller (Malmo Opera, 2013). In recent years he had successes in roles such as Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) at Saint-Petersburg, Pimen (Boris Godunov) at Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the title role of Boris Godunov in Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Gurnemanz (Parsifal) in Malmö, Wotan (Die Walküre) in Saint-Petersburg, Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) at the Glyndebourne Festival or Pimen (Boris Godunov) at Savonlinna Opera Festival. As a concert singer he sang the bass part in Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Symphony IX and others.