Meet Yuriy-

The next few blog posts will introduce you to the amazing musicians who will be performing with Charleston Ballet Theatre on the Opening Night performance titled “Ballet Unplugged”  Yuriy assembled these fine musicians for this special evening of Brahmns, Schubert, and Vaughn Williams 

 Concertmaster, Yuriy Bekker, is a native of Minsk, Belarus, and now, a U.S. citizen. He has led the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster since 2007 and will also be joining the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as concertmaster for the 2010-11 season. Mr. Bekker has also played with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and the Louisville Orchestra. He has collaborated with Herbert Greenberg, Claudio Bohorquez, Alexander Kerr, Sara Chang, Gil Shaham, and Andrew Armstrong in both chamber concerts and symphonic settings.

Engagements at the Kennedy Center include performances with the Indiana String Quartet and with the Degas String Quartet for the Chicago Chamber Music Society. Recent appearances include recitals in New York City, Chicago, Miami, Asheville, NC, Flagstaff, AZ, and Graz, Austria as well as numerous engagements as a soloist with the Charleston Symphony. His recent performance of the Korngold Violin Concerto led to critical acclaim:“Bekker’s sweet and singing tone never stopped soaring dreamily over his colleagues’ lush palette of supporting sound. Bravo Bekker!” – Charleston City Paper Mr. Bekker also performs regularly for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival at which his solo appearances have created a sensation: “This man [Bekker] was born to play the fiddle. Plump, smooth tone, uncanny control, stiletto sharp intonation, musicality and passion to burn. He’s got it all, and then some.” – Charleston City Paper

Mr. Bekker is also the concertmaster and a faculty member of the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria. He has played in music festivals worldwide including the European Music Festival Stuttgart (Germany), the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Spoleto USA, the Aspen Music Festival, and others in the Netherlands and Switzerland. He has been a frequent guest concertmaster and soloist with various orchestras including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble DuMonde and others in the New York City and Baltimore areas. In addition, he is on the faculties of the College of Charleston School of the Arts and the Charleston Academy of Music. He earned a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory where he was concertmaster of the Peabody Symphony under the tutelage of Herbert Greenberg. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees were acquired from Indiana University’s School of Music. There he studied violin with Nelli Shkolnikova and Ilya Kaler, and chamber music with Atar Arad, Emile Naomoff, and Janos Starker. Along with his positions as concertmaster, engagements for the 2010-2011 season include solo appearances with the Charleston Ballet, Ensemble Du Monde, Orlando Philharmonic, and other solo appearances in Charleston, New York City, Scottsdale, AZ, and abroad.

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