Ukrainian-born violist Yuri B. Kholodov studied at the Lysenko music school for gifted students
and then after receiving his master degree from Kiev Tchaikovsky Conservatory
was invited as a violist to join Lysenko string quartet. Performing as a member of quartet
( later - Ukrainian State Lysenko String Quartet – one of the most prominent ensembles
in Eastern Europe) he has become a prize winner of Leo Weiner International
Chamber Music Competition, Honored Artist, People’s Artist of Ukraine, and Shevchenko
National Prize Laureate.
His concert tours as a quartet violist included Eastern Europe, Germany, Great Britain,
France, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, USA, Japan, Canada, African countries.
Performing the extensive repertoire including hundreds of compositions of different
styles and epochs, Yuri Kholodov has imbibed all of the richest shades of chamber
composers’ heritage. Imaginative world of the prominent artists – Vienna classics,
romantics, the composers of the different national schools, foreign and native
composers of XX century undoubtedly enriched his own artistic world.
Direct communication with well known native composers as Shostakovich, Lyatoshinsky,
Skorik, Silvestrov, Stankovich, Ishchenko and others, collective reading of their
new scores often written for Lysenko quartet and dedicated to quartet also contribute
to his artistic perception of reality, and this reflected in his literature works.
He writes about our contemporaries, musicians, about life of Russian emigrants in America; he is excited with questions of psychology
of creativity, musical performance, a problem of the ordinary person; his books
also are turned to those who have kept ability to see beauty and harmony of world around.
His stories and narratives attract readers by their special tune, musical sounding,
psychological details, gentle humour, and wonderful ability of author to reincarnate
and lead life of the very different his personages.
After arrival to USA for joining to his wife Yuliana, who was invited as a research
professor of biochemistry by Kansas University Medical Center, he continues his performance
and writing activities. Now he lives in Savannah, Georgia with his wife.
His son works as a choir conductor in Switzerland.
Lysenko quartet during perusal of the score of Lyatoshynsky Quintet. From left to right: composer V.Silvestrov, pianist Y.Rzanov, composer B.Lyatoshynsky, violist Y.Kholodov, 1 violinist A.Kravchuk, cellist L.Krasnoshchek, 2 violinist B.Skvortsov.