Yuri Favorin


Yury Favorin was born in Moscow in 1986. Even as a child, he exhibited an extraordinary ability for music (ear and memory). At the age of five he began learning the piano and recorder. At six, he knew Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 1st and 4th Symphonies, and distinguished conductors and performers correctly. He was eight when he entered the Gnesin Specialized Musical Primary School in Moscow, where he learned the piano under Professor Lidiya Grigorieva, the clarinet under Professor Ivan Mozgovenko, and composition under Professor Vladimir Dovgan, a famous Russian composer.

In 2004 Yury entered the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory to study the piano under Professor Mikhail Voskresensky. He also studied the composition with Karen Khachaturyan and chamber ensemble with Alexander Rudin. Yury graduated from the Conservatory summa cum laude in 2009.

Currently, Yury is a postgraduate student at the Moscow State Conservatory. He has taken an active part in numerous musical festivals, such as the Festival “La Folle Journée” in Nantes (France) and in Tokyo (Japan), “Musique en Vallée du Tarn” (France), “L’esprit du piano” in Bordeaux (France), Guangzhou und Beijing (China), International Festival of Saint-Lizier (France), the J.S. Bach Festival, the O. Messiaen Festival, the “Steinway Parade”, Musical Forum “Magic of Piano” (Belarus), Festival “Art November”, and the “Gradus ad Parnassum” Piano Festival in Moscow, the “Moscow Forum” (International Festival for Contemporary Music), “Moscow Autumn”, and International Festival-School “TERRITORIYA”. Together with composer Alexey Sysoev (electronics) and Dmitry Schielkin (percussion) Yury has built the ensemble of free improvisatory music.

Yury gives recitals in many countries—Germany, Austria, Norway, Hungary, France, Italy, Sweden, Polen, Japan, Netherlands, and Belgium among them. He also gives charity concerts for sick children (Moscow), war children (Vienna), and the disabled (Vienna). Yury is a member of the “Freundes- und Förderkreises des Händel-Hauses zu Halle e.V.” (Germany). Yury worked together with Pierre Boulez, Marin Alsop, Pool Goodwin, Tadeusz Żmijewski, Arkady Berin, Kazuhiro Koizumi, and other leading conductors. Marc Coppey, Gérard Caussé, François Salque, Boris Berezovsky, David Lively, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Gindin, Marina Drozdova are among his partners on the stage. He took part in masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Sergei Babayan, Diana Ketler, Marios Papadapoulos, Paul Badura-Skoda, Irina Kataeva, Stephen Kovacevich, Ferenc Rados, and Noel Flores. Yury was a participant at the International Summer Academy “Praha—Vienna—Budapest” (2003), the Academy of the Festival Verbier (Swiеzerland, 2011), the International Holland Music Sessions (TIHMS) (the Netherlands, 2011), the International Summer Academy in Oxford (2012), and the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg (2012). He gives concerts at the most prestigious concert halls—the Big, Small and Rakhmaninov’s Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow Philarmonic Society, Moscow International Performing Arts Center (House of Music), the House of Composers in Moscow, Cite de la musique (Paris, France), Palais des beaux arts (Brussels, Belgium), Tokyo International Forum (Japan), Beijing Concert Hall (China), and others.

Yury is the winner of the First Prize of the Gyorgy Cziffra Foundation (Vienna, 2003), and is a laureate of many Russian and International Competitions