Andriy Yurkevych, born in Zboriv (Ukraine), graduated in Orchestral Conducting in 1999 at the Lyssenko Musical Academy of Lviv (Ukraine), under the guidance of Yuriy Lutsiv. He then specialized at the National Theatre Wielki in Warsaw with Jacek Kaspszyk and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy) with Gianluigi Gelmetti, in Pesaro with Alberto Zedda. He was awarded a special prize at the Turchak National Competition in Kiev.
Since 1996, he has been resident conductor at the National Opera Kruscelnytska in Lviv, where he made his debut in several operas, such as: Aida; Nabucco; Il Trovatore; La Traviata; Rigoletto; Otello; La Bohème; Madama Butterfly; Tosca; Cavalleria rusticana; I Pagliacci; Carmen; Die Fledermaus; Der Zigeunerbaron; Die Lustige Witwe; and several operas from the Russian repertoire. Among ballets he led: The Nutcracker; The Swan Lake; La Bayadère; and Coppélia. Andry Yurkevych is Chief Conductor at the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Moldova in Chisinau, and he was music director at the Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.
He was invited to the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca (Italy) for Marchetti’s Romeo e Giulietta and numerous symphonic concerts. After his debut on the podium of the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Tchaikovsky’s The Swan Lake in 2005, he returned to Rome in Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and The Swann Lake. In Rome, he also conducted Falstaff for the opening night of the 2010/11 season.
His numerous collaborations include: La fille du regiment at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago (Chile) and in San Francisco; Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Il viaggio a Reims at the Opéra de Montecarlo; La forza del destino and Boris Godunov at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Bruxelles; The Pique Dame at the Theater St. Gallen; I Puritani at the Greek National Opera in Athens; Maria Stuarda at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Rigoletto in Santiago; Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Stuttgart; Evgenij Onegin in Düsseldorf; Roberto Devereux in Mannheim; La Bohème in Liège; Anna Bolena in Barcelona; Evgenij Onegin and Roberto Devereux in Warsaw; and I Pagliacci in Moldova.
Mr. Yurkevych enjoys a continuous and successful collaboration with the world famous soprano Edita Gruberova, conducting: Norma in Berlino Mannheim and Duisburg; Lucrezia Borgia at the Klangvokal Musikfestival in Dortmund, Dresden and Köln; and several concerts in Munich (Herkulessaal), Vienna and Frankfurt.
Mr. Yurkevych recently conducted: Norma in Paris (Salle Pleyel), Nice and Köln; The Swan Lake and Anna Bolena at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Norma in Palermo; Evgenij Onegin in Gdansk; Roberto Devereux in Zürich and Madrid; Il Mago di Oz in Florence; Aida in Riga; La Traviata and Macbeth in Gdansk; Lucrezia Borgia in Berlin; The Pique Dame, Der Fliegende Hollaender, Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly in Warsaw; Anna Bolena in Budapest and Kosice; Norma and Roberto Devereux in Vienna (Staatsoper); The Queen of Spades in Chisinau; Lucia di Lammermoor in Budapest; Roberto Devereux in Zurich; Turandot in Santiago de Chile; symphonic concerts at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and in Milan with I Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra.
More recently Mr. Yurkevych added a new title to his repertoire, conducting a new production of Don Carlo in Düsseldorf; Lucrezia Borgia in La Coruna; Le Duc d’Albe in Gent (Vlaamse Opera); Evgenij Onegin in Dubai; Lucia di Lammermoor and Simon Boccanegra in Genoa; Simon Boccanegra in Bologna; and a concert in Parma with the Toscanini Orchestra; Verdi’s Requiem in Lviv.
Yurkevych also served as Music Director of the National Theatre in Odessa and as General Music Conductor at the Norma (concert version), Il Turco in Italia, as well as in National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Republic of Moldova in Chisinau. As Music Director at the Polish National Opera (Teatr Wielki) in Warsaw, he recently conducted: Evgenij Onegin, Nabucco, Maria Stuarda, Guillaume Tell, Romeo e Giulietta, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Norma, Madama Butterfly, a new production of Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor; Die Zauberflöte, ivals of Evgenij Onegin, La Traviata, Guillaume Tell.
Plans include: Eugenij Onegin, La Traviata, Le Rossignol and Iolanta in Tokyo; Lucia di Lammermoor in Darmstadt; Lucrezia Borgia in Tenerife.
Active also on the concert side, Andriy Yurkevych has a wide symphonic repertoire, particularly focused on composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rimskij-Korsakov, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich.