Oleg Yanchenko is an outstanding organist of the 20th century. He is G. Neuhaus’s pupil, performer, composer, conductor, bright and outstanding personality. Thanks to him Minsk Chamber Orchestra was created, where Oleg worked as art director and chief conductor from 1978 to 1979. Being an innovator and pioneer by his nature, Oleg Yanchenko opened the door to Belarusian listeners in the world of the chamber music. As a result of joint creative work a large number of new works came to light, which were composed by Yanchenko for the Chamber Orchestra and performed for the first time by him. It’s necessary to recall two Concertino for double bass and chamber orchestra, piano trio, cello concerto and a concerto for a wind quintet. A ten-year Yanchenko’s work in Minsk has left a significant mark in the musical annals of Belarus. Even now the sounds of such immortal works as “Meditation” and “Grace” don’t leave the strings of the orchestra.
He was born on the 18th of June in 1939 in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in three specialties: piano (G.G. Neuhaus’s class), organ (L.I.Roizman’s class) and arrangement (Y.D.Shaporin’s class). In 1964 he was awarded a special diploma at the International Organ Contest n.a. J.S. Bach in Leipzig. As UNESCO scholarship in 1966 he trained under professor A.Hyler in the Vienna Academy of Music (Austria) and in the Summer Academy of Organists in Haarlem (Netherlands) under professor K. Kee. There he studied modern music, conducting, composition, the art of organ improvisation. He led an active and varied concert, educational and musical social activity. He was the initiator and the first president of the Association of Organists and Organ Masters of Russia in 1987.
Oleg took part in the installation and opening of many organs; in many international congresses and festivals; he was a Chairman of the Jury of the two All-Russian Contests in 1994 in Kislovodsk and in 2000 in Kazan; he also was a Jury of the International Organ and Composers Contests in England, Hungary, Germany, Holland, Italy.
He is a People’s Artist of Russia since 1997 and a member of
Oleg is a professor of the Düsseldorf Conservatory. He taught courses of the organ improvisation in Italy, Belarus, Germany, Moldova, as well as special courses at the Kazan Conservatory in 1999-1992.
Yuri Tsiryuk stands at the cradle of creation of the Chamber Orchestra. He headed the team in 1969, a year after its creation. Being a graduate of the Belarusian and Leningrad Conservatories, Yuri possessed an unquenchable thirst for creativity. He owns a set of purely professional tricks, secrets of performing art – such things that are not commented in the books but only spoken about. Hereof comes the phenomenon - four months after the start of rehearsals with the orchestra Shostakovich's Fourteenth Symphony was performed. On the stage of the Philharmonic all Mozart piano concertos were played for those two years. The repertoire of the orchestra was enriched by the melodies of the giants of the chamber music: Handel, Bach, Haydn, Britten, Grieg, Sibelius, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Sviridov, Schnittke, such belarusian composers as E. Glebov, A. Mdivani, D. Smolsky.
Honoured Artist of Russia. Winner of the first prize at the VI All-Union Conductors' Contest in 1988. He graduated from the Faculty of Opera and Symphonic Conducting and also studied a post-graduate course at St. Petersburg State Conservatory n.a. N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, led by professor Ilya Musin in 1988. He was a chief conductor and artistic director of the State Chamber Orchestra of Belarussia (1986-1989). He taught at the Cathedra of Opera and Symphonic Conducting at the Leningrad and the Belarusian State Conservatory (1986-1989). From 1989 to the present time he is a conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, which troupe was on tour in Europe, as well as in Israel, the USA, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Alexander serves as a guest conductor at the scenes of such famous opera houses as Australian Opera, English National Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, Welsh National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Deutsche Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Norwegian Royal Opera, San Francisco Opera, Paris National Opera, Stuttgart Opera, and other .
He works with leading symphony orchestras in Russia and CIS countries, as well as in Australia, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, France, the United States. He is a member of the Jury of the International Contest for Young Opera Singers n.a. N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov (1995). Together with the Royal Baltic Festival and the Musical Academy of Hermitage he regularly holds international conductor's master-classes. He is a member of many famous music festivals in Russia and abroad.
Ingo Ernst Reihl
Ingo Ernst Reihl was born in 1969 in Germany, began to learn music since childhood, studied trumpet and piano at a music school. At the age of 14 he played his musical compositions at the music festival in Kassel.
From 1985 to 1988 he was a student of professor Wolfgang Hufshmidt in the Music Academy of Essen on the composition class. At this time he creates a youth orchestra consisting of 80 best young students of North Rhine-Westphalia, which he leads to the present. Riley continued his studies in conducting under Hans Yaskulsky, Orlando Zucca and Libor Pesek. But the greatest influence on Riley made the classes of Vaclav Neumann, the musical director of the Czech Philharmonic in Prague.
In 1987 Reihl won a music festival in Myunhaym.
From 1988 to 1990 he was a musical director of the Small Opera in Düsseldorf, as well as an assistant of the professor of music at the University of Witten-Herdecke.
In 1992 he became a guest conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, and from 1993 to 1999 he became a chief conductor and artistic director of the orchestra.
From 1993 Ingo Ernst Reihl is a musical director at the University of Witten-Herdecke. And from 1994 he is a fellow of the Fund of Herbert von Karajan.
Reihl also conducted the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, the State Academic Choir, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Choir, Moscow Chamber Choir.
He has worked with many famous artists such as: H.Antonii, P.Badura-Shkoda, H.Bauman, B.Bloh, G.Cherny-Stefanska, D.Kogan, M.Maisky, N.Petrov, A.Sofiulin, I.Shuldman, Oleg Yanchenko and others.
His works were written to CD, radio and TV.
In October, 2001 I.E.Rail was elected as an honorable professor of conducting of the Belarusian State Music Academy.
Under his leadership State Chamber Orchestra has repeatedly performed in Belarus, Germany, Lithuania, Norway. As a musician, Rail features impeccable taste, that eventually bore fruit in the work with orchestra. And to this day chamber orchestra and Ingo Reihl brings close friendship and co-creation.
Peter Vandilovsky – graduate of the Belarusian State Music Academy, the laureate of the republican contests; connected his biography with Belarusian orchestras. His name is known at home and abroad. He is a musician with multi-faceted talent, he combines work with a chamber orchestra and a teaching in the Academy of music, cooperates with a State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, concert orchestra “Nemiga”, symphony orchestra “Young Belarus”. Peter Vandilovsky is one of the authoritative interpreter of Belarusian music and propagandist of the works of Belarusian authors. With his works got acquainted listeners from Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Netherlands. Peter Vandilovsky was a chief conductor and an artistic director of the State Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus from 2004 to 2009.