European Youth Music Week
Staff and Conductors
EYMW Course Director
Artistic Director and Conductor
EYMW Course Deputy Director and Digital Media Creator
Student Welfare Officer
Administrator and Digital Media Creator
EYMW Alumni Coordinator
Conductor from the UK
“What we heard was a marvel…the most convincing, gripping, sheerly beautiful realisation of Gruppen that I’ve heard.” – Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
Andrew studied conducting and orchestration with Denis McCaldin at Lancaster University and with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music where he graduated with distinction and won the Ricordi Conducting Prize. Notable work has included Stockhausen’s rarely performed ‘Gruppen’, an appearance with the National Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta and the critically acclaimed ‘Medousa: A Miniature Opera’ for which he was composer and musical supervisor.
Andrew has worked with soloists Guy Johnston, Stephen Hough, Jennifer Pike and Peter Donohoe, amongst others, and has given the premiere of a new work for ‘DJ’ and ensemble by Gabriel Prokofiev. He has prepared music for film composer Debbie Wiseman, conductors Barry Wordsworth and Ed Gardner, and has performed alongside celebrities such as Jonathan Ross, Henry Kelly and the late Sir Terry Wogan.
In addition he has held teaching posts at Lancaster and Oxford Brookes Universities and is the long-standing conductor of the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Elstree Concert Band and St. Paul’s Sinfonia, the latter of which he has conducted in over a hundred concerts. In February 2004 Andrew was awarded first prize at the prestigious Allianz-Cornhill Musical Insurance Conducting Competition having received unanimous votes from both jury and orchestra. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Conductor from Germany
Conductor, pianist, since 2019 working at Theatre and Philharmony Altenburg Gera in Germany, in 2016-2019 conductor at Rousse State Opera and Philharmonic, later opera coach and conductor at State Opera Sofia, both in Bulgaria.
Before the decision to emigrate in 2016, Yury made his steps as a musician from pianist and assistant conductor to musical director of the state opera and professor at the Institute of Arts at his native city of Volgograd in Russia. Yury was the co-founder and only conductor of Volgograd Children’s Symphony Orchestra, a 70+ youth symphony orchestra that was honoured to play in 2014 at Coventry Cathedral to commemorate the 70 years of the foundation of the Twin-City movement.
The group delivered many other important peace-making projects, such as translation and world premiere in the Russian language of the Theresienstadt opera “Brundibar” by Hans Krasa, and other initiatives in the UK, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, also at the city of Beslan in Russia and others.
As pianist won first and second prizes in 11 competitions, including IV Prokofiev Competition in Saint-Petersburg (2004), active as chamber pianist, has recordings on CD and television.
As guest conductor stood on the podiums in the UK, France, Belgium, Argentina, Ecuador, South Korea, Bulgaria, including Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alumni of Volgograd State Institute of Arts and Culture as pianist (2004), of Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory as symphony and opera conductor (2011), currently completing post-diploma studies in conducting at F. Liszt Conservatory in Weimar, Germany. Yury also holds a PhD in linguistics with the thesis ‘Phonetic Characteristics of Sung Speech’ (2007).