Yuriy Bekker- Conductor, Violin
Yuriy Bekker, violinist and conductor, has led the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster since 2007 and was recently named Director of Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Bekker served as the orchestra’s Acting Artistic Director from 2010-2014 and played a major role in its successful resurgence. The City of Charleston recently presented Bekker with an Outstanding Artistic Achievement award to honor his cultural contributions to the city.
Bekker is an adjunct faculty member of the College of Charleston School of the Arts as conductor of the College of Charleston Orchestra. He has been on faculty as violinist and conductor for the Miami Summer Music Festival since its inaugural season in 2014. Bekker has also served as Artistic Advisor to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and is now Director of its Spotlight Series. He has also held the position of concertmaster for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria, and held additional positions with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet Orchestras.
Bekker has performed worldwide as a celebrated guest concertmaster, avid chamber musician, and critically-acclaimed soloist with the Vancouver Symphony (British Columbia), Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Music Society, European Music Festival Stuttgart (Germany), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Spoleto Festival USA, and Aspen Music Festival. He has collaborated with Herbert Greenberg, Claudio Bohorquez, Alexander Kerr, Andrew Armstrong, Robert DeMaine, Sara Chang, Gil Shaham, Joshua Roman, JoAnn Falletta, and Andrew Litton.
In addition to directing and performing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Bekker’s 2015-2016 season consists of numerous engagements including conducting the opera Hänsel and Gretel with the Miami Summer Music Festival, playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Missoula Symphony, conducting Dvorak’s New World Symphony with the Amarillo Symphony and others.
Bekker earned a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Herbert Greenberg. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees were acquired from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied violin with Nelli Shkolnikova and Ilya Kaler. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Bekker is now a United States citizen and is married to Dr. Jenny Glace Bekker. Visit www.YuriyBekker.com for more information.