Yuri Yanko, conductor
Outstanding masterly performance, intimate knowledge of musical styles and national schools come together in Yuri Yanko’s art. Clear gesture, emotionality, artistry, exactingness to the orchestra make him one of the best Ukrainian conductors.
Born in Kharkiv, Yuri Yanko completed the first part of his musical studies in his native town at the Special Music School (1980). He continued his education at the Kharkiv University of Arts (1985) and The Kiev National Conservatory (1991), studying operatic and symphonic conducting.
Yanko has worked as conductor of Academical Philharmonic Orchestra of Zaporizhya (1991-1994), music director and conductor of the Kharkiv Special Music School’s Chamber Orchestra (1999-2004). Since 1994 he has been working as conductor of the Kharkiv Opera House’s, where he has staged several performances.
Since 2001 Yuri Yanko has worked as music director and principal conductor of the Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2004 he was appointed general manager of the Kharkiv Philharmonic Society (involves several different musical collectives, including the orchestra).
Well-known musicians of the present – Dmitri Bashkirov, Bogodar Kotorovitch, Vladimir Kraynev, Daniel Kramer, Yuri Loyevsky, Nikolay Petrov, Sergey Stadler, Naum Shtarkman, Alexander Kniazev, and many others appreciate Yanko’s conducting mastery. He has conducted national symphonic orchestras of Ukraine, Moldova, numerous Russian and Ukrainian orchestras, and his performing art is also known to listeners of countries like Holland, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Poland, Russia, USA, France and Switzerland.