Guest Teacher and Pedagogical Advisor
An honoured Art worker, Professor Valery Vorona is an outstanding representative of the contemporary musical art elite of Russia. He graduated from the Gnesins State Music Pedagogical Institute (violin class) and did his post-graduate study at the P.I.Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory (violin). He has lead large-scale productive activities as a performer, conductor, pedagogue and public figure during his life.
At present Valery Vorona is an artistic director and chief conductor of the Moscow Youth Chamber Orchestra, soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, the President of the Foundation “Russian Performing Art”. He is the rector of one of the leading music universities of Russia – the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music Pedagogical Institute and professor of the P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.
For the past ten years, as a violinist and conductor, Valery Vorona has been representing the best traditions of the Russian performing school. Under the auspices of the State Concert he regular performs at major odeums of the country and abroad, participates in prestigious music festivals as a performer and organizer.
Among them, is «St. Petersburg Musical Spring», International Music S. Gubaidulina Festival, Sakharov Festival in Nizhny Novgorod, «Copenhagen Musical Spring», Russian Festival in San Francisco, «Nancyphonies, Vladimir Spivakov Festival «Moscow Meets Friends», anniversary concerts dedicated to the 70th anniversary of M. Rostropovich, the 70th Anniversary of S. Gubaidulina, the 80th anniversary of V.Berlinsky, the cultural bridge «Japan – Russia» with M. Rostropovich, S. Ozawa, a symphony orchestra “New Japan Philharmonic” and more.
V. Vorona has worked as partner, soloist or conductor with famous musicians such as I. Kollegorskaya, Y. Bashmet, V. Berlinsky, M. Vengerov, V.Repin, A. Bonduryansky, V. Skanavi, S. Kravchenko, S. Sondetskis, V. Ponkin, O.Krysa and V. Viardot (USA), A. Engerer, H. Leclere and V. Afanasiev (France), D. Schwartzberg (Austria), J. Milkis (Canada), A. Zapolski (Denmark ), P. Valliere (Italy), etc.
Since the early 90′s V.Vorona became a member of the Presidium «Movement in Defense of Culture» together with major Russian figures of culture, science and politics, M.Rostropovich, A.Yakovlev, S.Velihov, S. Krasavchenko, M.Hutsiev and others. The head of the Presidium was a motion picture producer S. Kulish. From 1996 to 2000 he was a member of the Music Committee of Council under the President of Russian culture.
V. Vorona has achieved impressive results in all areas of his diverse performances and creative activities. The Youth Chamber Orchestra (headed by Valery Vorona) took the leading position among Russian and international youth teams and actively collaborates with the greatest conductors and soloists of our time.
Many students of V.Vorona’s class have won prestigious international competitions. In 2007 Valery Vorona was recognized as the “Person of the Year” by the newspaper, “Music Review”.
In 2008, V.Vorona was the artistic director of the youth cultural program XI of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and participated in it as a conductor and soloist.
V.Vorona constantly participates in the organizing committees as a member of the jury of many international competitions, and conducts master-classes in many cities in Russia and abroad (Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, the U.S., France, the CIS countries, etc.).
Among recent major projects organized by V.Vorona are such important initiatives as the International Festival «Support the Talent!», the International Music Festival and International Ippolitov-Ivanov Competition, the Establishment of the International prize in the field of musical pedagogy, etc.
In 2009, he was awarded an International Prize from the Hamburg Academy of Music «For outstanding achievements in the development of the culture of the Eastern Europe».
In 2013, V.Vorona together with M. Vengerov established an International award in the field of musical pedagogy named after M.M. Ippolitov-Ivanov. The presentation took place in the Big Hall of the P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.