Welcome to Yekaterinburg!

Yekaterinburg is a crossroad of Europe and Asia.

Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723. It is located in the center of Eurasian continent. Only here you will have possibility to make just one step to move from Europe to Asia.

The International competition

Competition performances and festival concerts will take place in the best concert halls of Yekaterinburg.

The cultural center of the Ural

Only not long ago Yekaterinburg was closed for visiting by foreigners. Nowadays Yekaterinburg which is the city of last Russia tsar and the first Russia president is open for all people of the Earth.



Jean-Cloud Bernard (France)
Jean-Claude Bernard is a conductor of a choir and an orchestra. His first teacher of music was a blind organist and composer, Andre Gouin. Jean-Claude Bernard sang in a choir. When he studied at school he conducted a choir, then he conducted a small orchestra. He learned to play the violin. Jean-Claude Bernard graduated from the Lyons Music University. He taught from 1959 to 1996.
He is the founder and the head of a mixed choir «Choral l'Horloge» and children's choir «Le coucou» in Cluses.
Jean-Claude Bernard is the founder and the prior of the St. Nicholas parish, «Pueri Cantores»
He is the author of two children's operas: "The shepherd Jeannot", "Music", published by "A Coeur Zhua"
He conducted numerous concerts in France and Germany.
Jean-Claude Bernard trained on the art of singing and conducting with Pierre Cao, Philip Kayar, Alfred Deller, Jacques Fomboni, Marcel Corneille.
Also Jean-Claude Bernard trained at the St. Riquier Abbey in the tradition of Gregorian chant performance.
Jean-Claude Bernard is a conductor–enthusiast. All his life he promotes the choral art. He contributes to the touring choirs from different countries in France.
Now Jean-Claude Bernard is the head of a chorus “The Little Singers Fosini”.

Nina Grigoryevna Groshikova (Russia) - Professor, Honoured Artist of Russia.
In 1952 she entered the Sverdlovsk State Gorky University, the department of history, where she was an accompanist of the University choir under the direction of V.B. Serebrovsky. When she studied at the 5th course of the University she joined the music teachers' training college which she graduated with honors. In 1959 she was a choirmaster and an accompanist of the University choir which participated in the VII World Youth Festival in Vienna (Austria). The choir won the gold medal.
After the graduation of the University she entered the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire. Her teacher was G.P. Rogozhnikova.
From 1962 till 1976 she was a choirmaster of the Sverdlovsk Kirov Opera Theatre.
Since 1969 she has been teaching the choral conducting and the international choral literature at the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire. She leads the choir of the correspondence department of the conducting and choral faculty.
In the 70s she led the University choir. She had been the head of the conducting and choral faculty for 14 years.
From 2007 till 2008 she was a head of the Veteran choir, which got the Grand Prix at the Festival of Veteran choirs in Yekaterinburg.
Graduating students of N.G. Groshikovoy:
Vladislav Novik - People's Artist of Russia, the head of the Ural Chamber Choir;
Zheleznova Natalia, Natalia Pridannikova - Choirmasters of the Chelyabinsk Opera;
Elena Pahnyuk – the Artistic director of Chamber Choir "Svetilen", Surgut;
Yuri Sosnin – the Artistic director and the chief conductor of the Omsk musical theater;
Galina Kendysh - Professor of the Chelyabinsk institute of Music;
Lidia Kuzmina – Professor, the Head of the Department of the Perm Institute of Arts and Culture;
Tatyana Pozdnyakov - Professor of Irkutsk Pedagogical Institute;
Marina Platonova - PhD, Professor of Samara State Pedagogical University.

Andreq Angelini (Italy)
Born in Bologna, Italy, Andrea Angelini began his piano studies as a child, at the Rimini Lettimi School. He later earned a Doctorate of Music at Ferrara’s Frescobaldi Conservatory. Particularly interested in piano pedagogy, he studied with Rita Ferri and Alexander Lonquich. After earning a Master in Choral Conducting in 1992, he studied music therapy with Professor Cremaschi of Milan University.
His interests led him to the choral field, and he earned a Bachelor studying Liturgical Music at Modena and at the International Art Academy in Rome with Fulvio Angius. He also studied organ at Pesaro’s Conservatory of Music. Finally he got his PHD in Choral Music at the Cesena Conservatoire of Music.
He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional groupMusica Ficta Vocal Ensemble that frequently performs in important Festivals in Italy and abroad. For many years, Andrea Angelini has conducted concerts with the choir Carla Amori, in Italy and abroad.
In 1996 he was named Director of the Rimini Community Choir, Alessandro Grandi. He led this choir in several performances, including in important venues such as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome – where he was able to personally meet Pope John Paul II – and in Milan’s Cathedral. He has also conducted the Lithuanian Jauna Muzika Choir, the Latvian Ave Sol and the Tudor Consort from New Zealand.
Mr. Angelini is the Artistic Director of the Choral Festival Voci nei Chiostri held annually in Rimini each spring. He is also the Artistic Director and member of the Jury of the international organ competition, Marcello Galanti. Moreover he has been member of the Jury of two important Organ Competitions in Moscow, the Kitka Organ Competition and the Tariverdev Organ Competition.
He has been member of the Jury at many International Choir’s Competitions in Italy, Europe and Asia. He frequently leads choral workshops in Italy and abroad (Hungary, Croatia, China, Malysia, Romania, Belarus).
He is the artistic director and one of the tutors at the Rimini International Choral Workshop, where he teaches with Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars. Mr. Angelini is also the artistic director of the Rimini International Choral Competition. His professional memberships include the Artistic Committee of AERCO (Regional Association of Choirs), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and ABCD (Association of British Choral Directors). He is a regular reviewer for the press. He is the Chief Editor of FARCORO, the Choral Magazine of the Regional Choir Association and of the International Choral Bulletin (ICB), the membership magazine of the IFCM (International Federation for Choral Music). He has written numerous transcriptions and arrangements for choirs and chamber ensembles. His transcription of Faure’s Requiem is published by Gelber Hund Verlag of Berlin, who are also publishers of a book of repertoire for organ and violin, edited by Mr. Angelini. For the American CanticaNOVA Publication, he has prepared transcriptions of important Renaissance Motets. He has published his composition with Eurarte and Ferrimontana.

Vladimir Zavadsky (Russia)

Vladimir  Zavadsky was born in 1947 (v. Pechenga, Murmansk region). In 1972 he graduated from the Ural state Conservatoire on a specialty «Choral conducting», in 1979 he graduated from post-graduate course.

He taught at the Sverdlovsk music college named after P. I. Tchaikovsky. In 1977 - 1992, directed the choir of students of the college, with which he performed more than 20 concert programs. The most significant among them are L. V. Beethoven «Mass in C-dur»; G. Sviridov «Night clouds» and «Spring cantata»; V. Rubin Concerto for choir «Songs of Spring»; I. Stravinsky «Les Noces», «Symphony of Psalms».

Since 1987 he has been teaching at the Ural state Conservatoire (since 1997 he is an associate professor, since 2007 is a professor), Honored artist of Russia (2004), winner of the International festival (2009). Since 1990 he is the head of the department of choral conducting. Also he is the conductor of the choir of students at the Ural state Conservatoire. As the conductor of the students’ choir, he performed over 40 concerts, including compositions of large cyclic form and original compositions for choir of the following composers: V. Mozart, A. Bruckner, G. Mahler, G. Sviridov, R. Shchedrin, Y. Falik, A. Schnittke, as well as pieces of composers of the Ural.

He participated in the jury of regional, national and international choral competitions and festivals:

a) The national festival of University choirs "Gaudeamus" (Izhevsk – 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008);

b) Russian festival-competition «Ekaterinburg spring» (Ekaterinburg - 2012, 2014, 2016);

c) International festival-competition of academic choir "Vesna UPI" (Ekaterinburg, 2012);

d) Russian festival-competition of  men and youth choirs «Male singing brotherhood» (Izhevsk -2014, Chairman);

e) The Ekaterinburg international choral assemblies "Eurasia-Cantat" (Ekaterinburg, 2013, 2015);

f) The II all-Army competition of song and dance (Ekaterinburg, 2015).

In 2000 – 2003 he led the Symphony orchestra of students of the Ural state Conservatoire, with which he performed 17 concert programs. Among them: L. V. Beethoven «Symphony  No. 4,8», S. Rachmaninoff «Piano concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 3», «Spring cantata», S. Taneyev «John of Damascus», F. Poulenc «Gloria» and others.

The last works of Vladimir Zavadsky are S. Rachmaninoff  «Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom», P. Tchaikovsky «Moscow», J. S. Bach «Mass in b-moll», «St. John Passion», F. Poulenc «Drought», M. Mussorgsky «Joshua», the choir of S. Taneyev, A. Grechaninov, R. Shchedrin, V. Salmanov.

During the work in the Ural state Conservatoire he prepared more than 60 students and 8 PhD students. Among them: Honored worker of arts of the Ural region, the winners of national and International competitions.


Hu Manxue (China)

Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Girls ChoirArtistic Director/Conductor

From 1990-1997, Hu taught at piano department of Jiangxi Normal University, and during that time, she presented a recital successfully in 1995.

Since 1997, she became a faculty member of Shenzhen Senior High School. As one of the founder of Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Choir, she was in charge of piano accompaniment and stage choreographing then.

In 2005 Hu pursued further study at conducting department of Central Conservatory of Music, learn after Prof.Yang Hongnian and Chen lin.

In October of 2010, Hu became the conductor of Shenzhen Senior High School Lily Girls Choir, after that she brought the choir exploring the board area for arts communication especially performance in official visiting to North Korea and Serbia.

In 2011, the concert tour in Beijing national concert hall, Shanghai He-Luting concert hall, Shenzhen concert hall has won big success in China; She used to brought the choir to held concert successfully in Kennedy Arts Center for twice.

In July of 2014, she brought the choir to participate the 8th world choir games in Latvia and won third prize of golden diploma in grand prix of Musica Contemporanea category and golden prize of female chamber choir category.

In February of 2016, she was invited to bring Lily Girls Choir to performance in ACDA eastern division conference and present the workshop there. At the same year, she brought this choir to national middle school and elementary school arts fair, and won the grand champion of vocal category.

Hu was invited to give the coaching and workshop for many teenager’s choirs individually or in public. In July of 2012, she is one of the representative of China to give a speech on  World Choral Education Conference organized by International Federation of Choral Music.

She has won the excellent conductor prize in 1st Shenzhen choir festival, and for times, she was awarded as excellent conductor prize on national middle school and elementary school arts fair.

She is selected as one of the “ten recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Service” and “outstanding woman representative” awarded by Shenzhen municipal government.



Assoc. prof. Romans Vanags CV (Latvia)

Romans Vanags (1960) - a graduate of Emils Darzins’ specialized music college and of the Department of Choir and Orchestra Conducting of Jazeps Vitols’ Latvian State Conservatory in Riga (currently named - Jazeps Vitols’ Latvian Academy of Music). He received diploma in choir conducting as well as in music pedagogy. In addition, he was studying also symphonic orchestra conducting. In 2003 he received professional master’s degree in music.
Romans Vanags’ professional work has been connected with conducting and pedagogy.
Romans Vanags has been the chief conductor of teachers’ choir named “Vanema”  for years (1984-2004) and since 1990 he has been the principal conductor of the Latvian University female choir named   “Minjona”. Since 1987 he has been chief conductor and artistic director of Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st. Music School boys’ choir, 1990-1993 the principal conductor of Jazeps Medins Music College Symphonic Orchestra. Since 1987 Romans Vanags was employed at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga as professor of choir conducting, 2005-2012 head of conducting department.

He has been the organizer of various courses for conductors in numerous countries around the world and also jury member of many international choral competitions. He has also been appointed as one of the chief conductors of the All Latvian Song Celebration (in 1993, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2013) and the Youth Song Festival (in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015) as well. Since 2008 he are also council member of World Choir Games (WCG) organization. Since 2012 assoc. prof. Romans Vanags are the artistic director of WCG 2014 in Riga. Since August 2014 Romans Vanags are Artistic director of Interkultur (Germany) organization and also chairman of the Latvian choral conductors’ board.
The choirs conducted by Romans Vanags have won numerous awards at international competitions ( Arezzo, Debrecen, Tour, Varna, Powel River etc.) and made concert tours all over the world.

In 2008 Romans Vanags recieve the highest civil decoration in Latvia – the Three Star Order.

Since 2016 assoc. professor Romans Vanags has been aproved as guest professor in Beijing Central Conservatory of China.


Latest activities:

Artistic leader and chief conductor for big national and international events

International jury member

Alla Litvina (Russia)

Alla Grigoryevna Litvina – professor.
In 1970 she graduated from the Gnesins Music Academy (Moscow) trained as a choir conductor by professor А.А. Yurlov. Later in 1974 she completed a course of assistantship by professors А.А. Yurlov and V.N. Minin.
Since 1974 she has been teaching in the Urals State Conservatoire named after M.P. Mussorgsky.
А.G. Litvina is a laureate of an international competition «Christmas in Russia» (St. Petersburg, 2006), member of the award panel of Russian and international choir and conductor competitions, chief of master-classes with Ural and Siberian Russian choirs. Since 2013 she has been a chairwoman of the Sverdlovsk branch and Presidium member of the all-Russian choir society.
Alla Grigoryevna has been working with various choirs during 50 years. For many years she has been a chief of choir class of choir conducting department in the Conservatoire, as well as creative director of “Lik” chamber choir – more than 15 years (1996–2013).
In 2006 she received a title of professor. She has got the following awards: by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Russian Federation «For the cultural achievements», Ministry of education «Honored worker of the higher professional education of the Russian Federation».
Alla Grigoryevna Litvina
·          Professor of the choir conducting department in the Ural State Conservatoire named after M.P. Mussorgsky.
·          Chairwoman of the Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg) branch of the Russian national choir society
·          Presidium member of the Russian national choir society

·          Laureate of an international competition “Christmas in Russia