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Evgeny Shcherbakov: Biography

Evgeny Shcherbakov
1958 -
Region: British Columbia

Evgeny Shcherbakov

Evgeny Shcherbakov, Russian-Canadian composer and conductor, was born on the 18th of July, 1958 in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Russia. At the age of eight, he started as a brass band player. At nine, he created his first composition, “Minutes”, for piano, which is still performed in Russia and Europe today. At this young age, he was given the chance to hold a conductor's baton in his hand and conduct a short piece during a concert performance. This moment was the source of inspiration which marked the beginning of a life-long career in music. From his youth up, Shcherbakov's style was based on the Russian Orhodox Religious traditions (echoes chant, chorale) and philosophical conceptions of Russian philosophers which composer interprets through the prism of contemporaneity and contemporary techniques. As a composer, Shcherbakov graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire (1984-1989) with a Master’s degree in Composition and Music-and- Theoretical disciplines teaching, and completed post-graduate studies and received a Doctor’s degree in Composition and Pedagogics (1/1990-12/1991) under the direction of Professor Boris Getselev. As a conductor, he graduated from the Dzerzhinsk Musical College (1973-1977) with a Bachelor's degree in Orchestra Conducting under the direction of Professor Anatoly Gubarkov, the Samara State Academy of Arts (1977-1981) with a Master's degree in Choir Conducting under the direction of Professor Anna Glagoleva, and the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire (Intensive course of Opera and Symphony Conductor Training under the direction of professor Margarita Samorukova, 1/1990-12/1991). From 1990 to 2008, Shcherbakov was a Professor of Composition and Orchestration at the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire and an associate conductor of the Conservatoire's Symphony Orchestra training highly-skilled specialists and travelling widely as a composer, lecturer and conductor. During that period, he performed many world-premieres of works by contemporary composers including his own pieces. Many of his students took part in all-Russian as well as international competitions of composers and were recipients of many prizes and diplomas. In 1981, from 1983 to 1984 and in 1989 Shcherbakov was a Professor of Choir Conducting at the Samara State Academy of Arts. From 1990 to 1997, he was a Professor of Orchestra Conducting at the Dzerzhinsk Musical College. Over the years, Shcherbakov has composed numerous works ranging from children’s music and chamber music to symphonies, instrumental concertos, cantatas and oratories. Many of these have been repeatedly performed in Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium and Canada. Further, Shcherbakov has held master classes in composition as well as composition/orchestration seminars and workshops in Switzerland (2000, 2003), Macedonia (2003, 2005), and Germany (2004). He was awarded international residences and grants in Switzerland (Basel, 2000; St. Moritz, 2004; St. Moritz, 2005; Dornach, 2007) and in Canada (Canada Council for the Arts, 2017) as support to pursue his creative skills in music. In 2008, Shcherbakov won the “Saint Symbols of Russia”, an all-Russian competition of composers (Samara). In 2010, he was awarded special composer and choir prizes at the Vancouver International Festival of Russian Music. In 2008, Shcherbakov immigrated with his family to Vancouver, Canada as composer, conductor and University professor and continued to compose and tour as composer and conductor.

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