• Honoured Artist of Russia
• Prize-winner at the International Competition of Young Opera Singers (Perm, 1993)
• Prize-winner at the All-Russian Vocalists' Competition (Belgorod, 1991)
Vasily Gorshkov was born in Novosibirsk. Graduated from the Novosibirsk State Glinka Conservatoire in 1992. Soloist with the Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet from 1989. Made his Mariinsky Theatre debut in 1991 as Andrei in Tchaikovsky's Mazepa. Mariinsky Theatre soloist in 1995.
Soloist with the Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet from 1996-2000.
Soloist with the St Petersburg State Academic Musorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet from 2000-2001. Soloist with the Krasnodar State Theatre of Opera and Ballet from 2001-2002.
Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 2002.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Finn (Ruslan and Lyudmila)
Shuisky (Boris Godunov)
Kuzka, Scribe (Khovanshchina)
Vladimir Igorevich, Ovlur (Prince Igor)
Herman (The Queen of Spades)
Nikita Matuta (The Maid of Pskov)
Leshy (The Snow Maiden)
Devil (Christmas Eve)
Elisey Bomelius (The Tsar's Bride)
Grisha Kuterma (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia)
Old Grandpa (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)
A Heated Gambler (The Gambler)
Agrippa of Nettesheim and A Neighbour (The Fiery Angel)
Semyon Kotko (Semyon Kotko)
Don Jerome (Betrothal in a Monastery)
Respected Colonel, Pyotr Fyodorovich (The Nose)
A Drunk (Katerina Ismailova)
Konovnitsyn, Lieutenant Bonnet, Fyodor, Gerard, a Servant at the Ball (War and Peace)
Fyodor Karamazov (The Brothers Karamazov)
Nozdryov (Dead souls)
Manrico (Il trovatore)
Loge (Das Rheingold)
Melot (Tristan und Isolde)
Person on duty (Die Fledermaus)
Edrisi (Krol Roger)
Vítek (The Makropulos Affair)
Repertoire also includes: Andrei Khovansky, Golitsyn (Khovanshchina), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Vaudemont (Iolanta), Lykov (The Tsar's Bride), Rodolfo (La bohéme), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Jose (Carmen).
In 2001 took part in the Musorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet's production of Puccini's Tosca (as Cavaradossi) in Japan (Tokyo). Has performed solo concerts in Sweden, Austria, Turkey, China and Italy. Has toured to Egypt, Portugal, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark and USA (Los Angeles).