is a vice-president of Accordionists alliance of Russia
(since March 2007). He is an art-director and author of idea of
the Pluri_Art International Festival of Arts and director
of Emotion-orchestra. Since 2003 he has been an honorary
member of Kaunas Conservatoire, Lithuania.
Yuri Medianik was born in 1983 in the Ukraine to a family of musicians.
He took up bayan playing when he was only 2 years of age and made
acquaintance with his second instrument, the violin, at the age
of eight. He further studied in the Secondary Special Music School
n. a. Rimskiy-Korsakov in Saint Petersburg. Yuri graduated from
the Special Music Gnessin School in Moscow in 2000 (both violin
and bayan) and Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky
. Yuri is currently a post-graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire.
He also took classes from Pierre Amoyale, Boris Belkin, Marine Yashvili
and Yuri Shishkin.
Medianik is a laureate of several music competitions, namely: Demidovsky
International Violin Competition (Grand Prix, Ekaterinburg, Russia,
2003), First All-Russia Bayan Competition YUGORIA (1st Prize, Surgut,
Russia, 2001), III International Competition of Bayanists and Accordionists
(1st Prize, Moscow, Russia, 2000), International Bayan Competition
'Days of Music in Vogtland' (1st Prize, Klingenthal, Germany, 1997).
Yuri holds scholarships from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe,
International Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), Aram Khachaturian
Foundation (Armenia) and the New Names Foundation (Russia).
Medianik is a regular partner to the Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry
of Culture of Bashkortostan (Ufa), Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry
of Culture of Udmurtia (Izhevsk), Classica Chamber Orchestra (Chelyabinsk),
Gnessin Virtuosi (Moscow), B.A.C.H Chamber orchestra (Ekaterinburg),
Orchestra of Russia Folk Instruments n.a. Osipov, Orchestra of Donetsk
conservatoire (Ukraine), Urals State Folk Orchestra (Ekaterinburg)
and other. Yuri has been into joint projects with conductors Timur
Mynbaev, Enche Baartazhavyn, Nickolay Rogotnev, Sergey Skripka and
Yuri Medianik is also a soloist of the Piazzolla Quintet
and a participant of the Symphorine duet with violinist Jehanne
Strepenne. His partners in chamber concerts include such musicians
as Boris Andrianov, Ekaterina Apekisheva, Hayk Kazazyan, Vladimir
Tonkha, Dmitry Kaprin and Ivan Rudin. The geography of Yuri's concert
tours: Great and Chamber halls of the Moscow Tchaikovsky conservatoire,
Concert Hall of Boston University (USA), Concert Hall of Oxford
University (England), Maison de la Culture d'Arlon (Belgium), Hall
of the State Capella (St. Petersburg), Chamber Hall of the Moscow
House of Music, Sverdlovsk Great Philharmonic Hall, Opera Theatre
of Izhevsk (Udmurtia), Organ Hall (Yerevan, Armenia) and Petrozavodsk
Opera Theatre (Karelia, Russia).
interest in contemporary music evolved into fruitful partnerships
with the Studio For New Music and Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
, and into performance of compositions by Norwegian, North American,
Russian and French composers in solo concerts. In 2007-2008 Medianik
is planning a joint project with StRes, a creative group of Russian
Medianik repertoire embraces anything from Renaissance to contemporary
music and includes about 50 pieces for bayan (including those originally
written for other instruments, which Yuri transcribed for bayan)
and 30 compositions for violin (solo and with piano or orchestra).
Mediank's first CD with a recording of Mozart's Concerto No 4 was
released in 1997 (Studiogruppe des JSO der Bochum / G. Van den Bosch).
His other recordings are The Images of Three Centuries (ArtClassics,
2004), Selected Bayan Solos (State Radio, Studio No 1), Recollections of Piazzolla (Gnessin Virtuosi chamber orchestra
/ M. Khokhlov, Piazzolla Quintet (ArtClassics, 2006) and Bach Sonatas..