Konstantin's distinctive and modern style of harmonica playing won him the recognition of other musicians and a spot among top Ukrainian harmonica players. At different times he got acclaim from world famous musicians including Guy Davis, Adam Gussow, Jason Ricci, Pierre Lacocque, PT Gazell, Jelly Roll Johnson, Dennis Moriarty, Bartosz Leczycki, and Keith Dunn to name a few. A native of Dnipro, Ukraine, Kostantin's career has spanned 12 years. He began playing harmonica at age 19. In 2008 he joined the Bullet Blues Band - a local Chicago blues band and acoustic duo with guitarist Oleg Lavrik. The band opened for such greats as Guy Davis, Keith Dunn, Robert Lighthouse, Daniel Jeanrenaud, Mikhail Mishouris blues band, Max Tavricheskiy, and so on. He took part in the first international harmonica festival in Kiev, Ukraine in 2011.
In 2014 he released his first album "If You Want to See This Blues". This album was a mix of blues and jazz and got a lot of positive feedback from the fans and other musicians.
The next album "Sweeten It Up" was released in 2015. This all-instrumental EP shows Konstantin Kolesnichenko's tasty harmonica and features a jazzy quartet. Konstantin offered his own interpretation of the five world-famous songs which got an interesting touch of harmonica sound.
In 2016 he released his third album "Hypnotized!". A hot jazzy-blues album which is played in organ combo format with swinging guitar, wailing organ, jazzy drums, and honking harmonica.
In June 2017 the Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet took part as performers in famous Alfa Jazz festival.
In July 14 2017 Konstantin Kolesnichenko Quartet released an album called "Minor Differences". The new album logically follows the previous one. It has the same vintage and sentimental feel.
Konstantin is well known in Ukrainian, Russian, and Belorussian harmonica communities. And he's got his audience in the US and Europe as well.
"Konstantin Kolesnichenko is one of my favorite living harmonica players playing some of my very favorite music. I am a huge fan of both his playing and his artistic direction to the point of jealousy."
- Jason Ricci
"Konstantin Kolesnichenko (don't say it with a drink in your hand) is an exceptionally good Ukranian harmonica player. He's a modern blues guy."
- Adam Gussow
"There is a whole new breed of exciting harmonica players on the scene today. One of the young lions clearly leading the charge is Konstantin Kolesnichenko."
- PT Gazell
"This wonderful CD takes the listener on a musical journey from vintage Jazz to inspiring South American rhythms and gentle swings.
The 7 songs are well crafted instrumentals led by Konstantin Kolesnichenko's soulful and lyrical harmonica. The arrangements are creative and the bandleader's harp playing is masterful. Throughout, his harmonica sounds like a horn adding so much to the band’s ensemble feel. A stellar performance. ***** FIVE STARS"
-Pierre Lacocque Bandleader Mississippi Heat
"I love Konstantin's playing. Soulful, powerful, emotionaly strong"
- Jelly Roll Johnson
Minor Differences, the latest offering by the Ukrainian harmonica master KonstantinKolesnichenko, is what it feels like when jazz and blues climb into the same bed and make passionate love. - David Mac