The Ural Youth Symphonic Orchestra
Chief conductor Enkhe (Enkhbaatar Baatarjav)
Unique Russian orchestra-academy combines education and concert life.
The Ural Youth Symphonic Orchestra was created in December 2006 on the analogy of foreign youth symphonic orchestras. It consists of 67 students of musical secondary and higher education institutions of Yekaterinburg selected on a competitive basis.
The students of the orchestra-academy master their professional orchestra performance and replace the veterans of the “big” orchestra. During their studies they not only have rehearsals and concerts with outstanding conductors and soloists, but also have a special educational programme, i.e. they attend workshops given by representatives of different performing schools, study traditions of classical and contemporary music performance, etc.
The Orchestra leads a full creative life that can be compared with the activity of a professional band. Every year the young musicians give 30 concerts, presenting 20 concert programmes to the audience. Besides Maestro Enkhe, such brilliant conductors worked with the Orchestra as Saulus Sondetskis, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dmitry Liss, Sergey Roldugin, Alexander Rudin, Mikhail Tsinman, Rustem Abyazov. Being members of the Combined European Youth Orchestra, the young musicians performed under the leadership of Claude Revolte (France), Jean-Philippe Van Beseler (France), Slaven Batorek (Croatia), Bogdan Vody (Romania) during the festival “Euroorchestria-2008”.
The Ural Youth Symphonic Orchestra participated in III Crescendo Music Festival - Denis Matsuev, in Dmitry Kogan’s “Kogan-Festival” devoted to the outstanding violinist of the XX century Leonid Kogan. The young band went to a number of tours. Youth Orchestra International Festival “Euroorchestria” held in Russia (2007) and in France (2008) became its European scale exam. For the audience in Russia the Orchestra performed for the first time in February 2009, when it presented its concert programme in the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (conductors Alexander Rudin and Enkhe).
In concert season 2010-2011 the composition of the orchestra-academy has slightly changed: the orchestra-school now has its first leavers as under the terms of the project the Youth Orchestra musicians should not be older than 25. Now the school-leavers perform in the “big” Ural Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Orchestra’s repertoire consists of Russian and European classics, music of contemporary Russian and European composers, pieces from musicals and soundtracks, jazz and pop music.