RUSSIAN FEDERAL ORCHESTRA
Yuriy Serdyuk, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director
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Yuriy Serdyuk was born in 1951 and began his music studies at the age of 6. His first musical instrument was the violin. Yuri continued his musical education at the College of Dniepropetrovsk, studying contrabass and choir conducting, then in the Saratov Conservatory (studying contrabass and symphonic conducting under the guidance of Vakhtang Jordania), then in Tadzhik University of the Arts (where he again studied choral conducting).
Serdyuk began his professional career in 1969 as a member of the Dniepropetrovsk Symphonic Orchestra. In 1976 he was appointed conductor of the orchestra. Since then, he has conducted the DSO symphonic and chamber Orchestras, their opera & ballet theaters, the Ensembles of Song & Dance in Saratov, Alma-Ata, Kharkov and Dniepropetrovsk. In 1989 Yuri Serduk was given an honorary title "Honored Promoter of the Arts" of Kazakhstan.
His repertoire includes symphonic works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, operas by Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Bizet and others and chamber works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Handel and Bach.
In 1990 Yuriy Serdyuk founded the Dniepropetrovsk Chamber Orchestra. Under his leadership the Orchestra performed works of different epochs, genres, styles, directions and composers. He created a series of thematic programs, among which were: "J.S. Bach and Sons", "Western European Instrumental Works (Vivaldi, Telemann)", "Russian-Ukrainian Baroque of the XVIII century (Bortnianskiy, Berezovskiy, Vedel)" , "Modern Ukrainian Music (Stankovich, Bibik, Skorik)" and others. Separate programs were dedicated to Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Shostakovich, Sviridov, French and English composers. A CD called "Instrumental Concertos" was issued in 2003.
Since 1996 Serdyuk has been the art director of Dniepropetrovsk Philharmonia and principal conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra. He is also frequently invited as a guest-conductor by different Orchestras and Opera Theaters.
In 2002 Mr. Serdyuk was appointed co-executive director of the Vakhtang Jordania International Conductors Competition. He also is the owner of Maestro Records CD, as well as a publishing firm. At present he is a senior lecturer and teaches symphonic conducting and computer orchestration at the Dniepropetrovsk Conservatory and also guides the Chamber and Symphonic Orchestras of the Conservatory, where he also gives master classes.
In 2007 Serdyuk was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Russian Federal Symphonic Orchestra (Moscow).
Yuriy Serdyuk has made about 1,000 arrangements for Symphonic, Jazz-Symphonic, Chamber and Jazz orchestras and different ensembles.
Translated by Andrey Shilov.THE ORCHESTRA
The Russian Federal Orchestra, Ltd., was founded and organized in the Summer of 1995. The orchestra's philosophy and commitment to excellence was summed up in its decision to invite the best and most prestigious musicians from the finest orchestras in Moscow to perform with them. In 1995, Vakhtang Jordania began his association with the orchestra as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, which continued until his untimely passing in 2005. In 2007, the Russian Federal Orchestra named Yuriy Serdyuk as their new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.
The orchestra continues performing regularly in the city's finest concert halls, including the legendary Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. These concerts presented Maestro Vakhtang Jordania and new Maestro Serdyuk, internationally renowned soloists and guest conductors and are acclaimed for their exceptionally high quality. The Bolshoi Hall concerts are broadcast internationally by Radio and Television "Ostankino".
The RFO has presented many premieres of international works, including the World Premiere of Canadian composer Peter Faun's ballet The Snow Lily, and the Russian premieres of orchestral compositions by Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao (1947 Overture, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra) and Italian composer Marcello Abbado (7 Ricercari and Intermezzi), as well as new works by Russian composers.
Internationally, the orchestra has successfully toured and performed in Germany, South Korea and Japan. It has been affiliated with the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition of Italy and has presented the 1999 and 2000 Jordania Prize winners from this competition in performance with the RFO at the Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. The RFO also presents laureates of the Tchaikovsky International Competition.
The RFO has been chosen by the American Angelok1 label as their principal recording orchestra. This new and exciting label features the recordings of an international array of artists including Canadian pianist Angel Chen, American pianist Jeffrey Biegel, London's Royal Philharmonic, Japanese pianist Tatsuya Nagashima, Russian pianist Anatoly Sheludyakov, Berlin's Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester, and many others. Angelok1 was launched in September of 2000 with three releases, including music by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Haydn. In the future, they will present many new and fresh interpretations of classical masters such as a complete cycle of the symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich, and music of our time, including new music by Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao, as well as contemporary works by Ukrainian, Georgian and Latvian composers. Information about this label can be found on the Internet at http://www.jamesarts.com/Angelok1.htm.
The orchestra has also recorded more than 70 other CDs for Helicon, Solaris, Koch International Classics, Soundset Summit, Sonoton and other labels.THE MANAGEMENT
The Moscow management team of the Russian Federal Orchestra is headed by Vitaly Panchenko. He has been General Director of the RFO since it was founded in 1995 and is responsible for the overall operations of the organization, including concert management, fundraising and organizational planning. He created and organized the orchestra's tours of Germany, Japan and South Korea and organized the orchestra's participation of the orchestra in the 19th International Cinema Festival in Moscow in 1995. He has worked with many international recording companies, including Angelok and the German Sonoton label in the creation of more than 70 CD recordings by the RFO.
Jeffrey James Arts Consulting of New York will also be working with the Moscow management team. Information about Mr. James and his organization can be found at http://www.jamesarts.com.CRITICAL ACCLAIM
"The sincere, emotional attitude of the conductor was transferred to the orchestra and grasped the hall. This was not simply professionalism, but true musicianship, putting all of his soul into the music. And the orchestra responded to him with enthusiasm."
- Russian Musician