Pavel Kolpakov was born in 1960 in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. He studied at the Kyiv State P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (now the National Music Academy of Ukraine), first at the violin department, then at the composition department.
He has taught in the Kyiv Music R. Gliere College and in the National Academy of Government Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts. He is a member of the Ukrainian Composers Union.
Among the organizations that have performed his works are the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Some of his compositions, both symphonic and chamber, were recorded by the National Radio Company of Ukraine. He has participated in such festivals as the Kyiv Summer Musical Evenings, the Musical Premieres of the Season and the Kyiv-Music-Fest, as well as his works has been performing on a number of Kiev stages.