Evgeny Alexeevich Shcherbakov (*1958)

Russian-Canadian composer and conductor was born on the 18th of July, 1958 in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Russia. Since 2008 lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

At the age of eight, he started as a brass band player. At nine, he created his first composition, "Minutes", for piano, which is still performed in Russia and Europe today. At this young age, he was given the chance to hold a conductor's baton in his hand and conduct a short piece during a concert performance. This moment was the source of inspiration which marked the beginnin of a life-long career in music.

From his youth up, Shcherbakov’s style was based on the Russian Orthodox Religious traditions (echoes chant, chorale) and philosophical conceptions of Russian philosophers which composer interprets through the prism of contemporaneity and contemporary techniques.

Education:

As a composer, Shcherbakov graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire (1984-1989) with Master's degree in Composition and completed post-graduate studies and received a Doctor's degree in Composition (01.01.1990-31.01.1991) under the direction of Professor Boris Getselev.

As a conductor, he graduated from the Dzerzhinsk Musical College (1973-1977) with a Bachelor's degree in Orchestra Conducting and Russian Accordion playing under the direction of Professors Anatoly Gubarkov and Yuri Filatov, the Samara State Academy of Arts (1977-1981) with a Master's degree in Choir Conducting under the direction of Professor Anna Glagoleva, and the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatoire (Intensive course of Opera and Symphony Conductor Training under the direction of professor Margarita Samorukova, 01.01.1990-31.01.1991). These studies represent the culmination of his post-graduate work in Conducting. 

Professional activity

1990 -  2008 – professor of composition and instrumentation at the Nizhny Novgorod state Glinka conservatoire.

Since 01.08.2008 till present - Choir Director at The Vancouver Waldorf High School;
Pianist, Dance/Eurythmy Accompanist, Vancouver, Canada.

2012 - 2014 - Choir Director at The Waldorf Community Choir, Vancouver, Canada.

2009 - 2011 - Choir Director at The Old Barn Community Centre, Vancouver, Canada.

1981, 1983, 1984, 1989 – professor of conducting at the Samara State Academy of Arts;

1990 – 1997 – professor of conducting at the Dzerzhinsk musical college;

An Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre

http://www.musiccentre.ca/node/37895/biography


Professional Member of the Canadian League of Composers.

A member of the Russian Union of composers. A member of the board of directors in the regional Nizhny Novgorod branch of the Russian Union of composers (1998 – 2008). A member of the organizing committe of International festival of contemporary music ”Pictures from an Exhibition”(2003,2005). Artistic Director of the international musical festival “From Rhine to Volga. Classical and contemporary.”

Seminars and workshops leading under the direction of Evgeny Shcherbakov

- The composition seminar, Rudolf Steiner Schule Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2003

- The composition seminar, Freie Musikschule Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2003

- The composition workshop, International festival “Ohrid summer”, Ohrid, Macedonia, 2003

- The composition seminar, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2004

-“Glocken aus Nizhny Novgorod”, the composition seminar, Freie Waldorfschule Dachsberg, Dachsberg, Germany, 2004

- The composition workshop, Skopje Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia, 2005

Evgeny Shcherbakov is awarded the International Residences and Grants

-   r eseaux est-ouest
  antenne budapest
  Zurich, Basel, Switzerland; F-Hegenheim, France, 2000

- Composer in residence, International cultural festival “RESONANZEN”, Hotel Laudinella Cultur Kongresse Ferien, St.Moritz, Switzerland, 2004

- Composer in residence, the ‘Pro Musica e Cultura’ Foundation, St.Moritz, Switzerland,2005

- Composer in residence, Eurythmeum Zuccoli, Dornach, Switzerland, 2007

As a conductor

1983, 1984, 1989 – professor of conducting at the Samara Art Academy;

1990 – 1997 – professor of conducting at the Dzerzhinsk musical college;

1996 – 2008 – associate conductor of the Nizhny Novgorod state Glinka conservatoire symphony orchestra;

2000 - guest conductor of the Eglise St. Remy Men's Choir. F-Hegenheim, France;

1991, 1996, 2008 - guest conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Nizhny Novgorod State Philharmonics named after Mstislav Rostropovich;

2000, 2001, 2004 - guest conductor of the Municipal Chamber Orchestra "Soloists of Nizhny Novgorod"

2017 - guest conductor of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Lviv Philharmonic Society. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

Competitions

Special Prize-Composer winner at the Vancouver International Festival of Russian Music, Vancouver, Canada, 2010

Laureate of All-Russian competition of composers "Saint symbols of Russia", Samara, Russia, 2008

First Prize winner of the Regional open competition of composers “50 years without war”, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1995;

Diploma of the International musical festival "From Rhine to Volga. Classical and contemporary", Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2003

Performance of compositions, participation in festivals

International festival of modern composers' art, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1988;

All-Russian festival "Music and time", Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1991;

All-Russian festival "Musical premieres", Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1992;

IV International Sakharov art festival "The Russian art and the world", 1996, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia;

International scientific conference-festival "The 20th century art - a passing epoch?", Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1996;

XIX International festival of contemporary music " Moscow autumn - 97", Moscow, 1997;

III International festival of modem art "Two days and two nights of new music", Odessa, Ukraine, 1997;

Youth musical festival of East-European composers, Odessa, Ukraine, 1998;

IV International charity festival "View on music of Russia" (25 years retrospective), Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1998;

International scientific conference-festival "The 20th century art: dialogue of epochs and generations", Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1998;

International scientific conference "Russian - German cultural links in the past and at present", Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 1999;

II International festival of audio-visual actions "Prima Vista", Odessa, Ukraine, 1999;

V International festival of contemporary art 'Two days and two nights of new music", Odessa, Ukraine, 1999;

Festival "Mobile art academy", Odessa, Ukraine, 1999;

IX International festival "Christmas meetings in Northern Palmira", St. Petersburg, 2000;

VI International festival of contemporary art "Two days and two nights of new music", Odessa, Ukraine, 2000;

Serguey Berinskiy's musical club, Moscow, Russia, 2000;

International scientific conference-festival "The 20th century art: paradoxes of the absurd culture", Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2000;

International festival of contemporary music "Composers' generations on the threshold of the 21th century. Panorama of Russian music", Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2000;

Concert, Zurich, Switzerland, 2000;

Concert, Basel, Switzerland, 2000;

Concert, F-Hegenheim, France, 2000;

Concert, Basel, Switzerland, 2001;

International forum of festival directors and managers of new music organizations, Odessa, Ukraine, 2001;

VII International festival of contemporary art "Two days and two nights of new music", Odessa, Ukraine, 2001;

Belgian Chocolates 3 International Festival van andere kamermuziek, Antwerp, Belgium, 2001;

I Museumsnacht im Hegau, Stadt Engen im Hegau, Germany, 2001;

Concert, La Chaux- de- Fonds, Switzerland, 2002;

Wiener Klassik meets (Post) Moderne, Concert, Dortmund, Germany, 2002;

Forum Music and Medicine, Basel, Switzerland, 2002;

Concert, Basel, Switzerland, 2003;

Composers` evening with Evgeny Shcherbakov, Basel, Switzerland, 2003;

Concert, Seoul, Korea, 2003;

Concert, Kwan G-ju, South Korea, 2003;

Concert, Iksan, South Korea, 2003;

International festival “Ohrid summer”, Ohrid, Macedonia, 2003;

Festival International de Musique de Besancon Franche-Comte, Besancon, France, 2003;

International festival of contemporary music “Pictures from an Exhibition”, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2003

International musical festival “From Rhine to Volga. Classical and contemporary”, Nizhny Novgorod , Russia , 2003;

International cultural festival “RESONANZEN”, St.Moritz, Switzerland, 2004;

Concert, Landquart, Switzerland, 2004;

Concert, Pontresina, Switzerland, 2004;

Concert, Luzern, Switzerland, 2004;

Concert, Dornach, Switzerland, 2004;

Concert, Basel, Switzerland, 2004;

Concert, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2004;

Concert, Dachsberg, Germany, 2004;

Concert, Calw, Germany, 2004;

Lucerne Festival, Luzern, Switzerland, 2004;

Gidon Kremer’s festival „ Les Museiques“ in Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2005;

II International festival of contemporary music “Pictures from an Exhibition”, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 2005;

International festival “Autumnal Musical Festivities”, Skopje, Macedonia , 2005

Concert, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, 27.02.2007;

Composers` evening with Evgeny Shcherbakov, Freie Musikschule, Basel, Switzerland, 01.03.2007;

Concert, Scala Basel Theater, Basel, Switzerland, 03.03.2007

Concert dedicated to Evgeny Shcherbakov 50th anniversary. Program:
– “In doubts” Concerto for cello and  a symphony orchestra.
– “Quasi balletto” per orchestra.
Nizhny Novgorod State Rostropovich Philarmonic, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 18.07.2008;

III International festival of contemporary music “Pictures from an Exhibition”. Russian premiere of the "Capriccio Hebraico" for Emil Rovner(cello) and his voice. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 20.10.2008;

International festival "Celloherbst Am Hellweg 2008". World premiere of the "Capriccio Hebraico" for Emil Rovner(cello) and his voice. Bad Sassendorf, Germany, 09.11.2008

Vancouver International Festival of Russian Music. Program:
– "Loneliness" for piano.
– "A ringing silence" for piano.
Performed by Evgeny Shcherbakov. Tom Lee Music Hall, Vancouver, Canada, 07.03.2010

NOVA Rising Choral Stars Concert. Program:
- Plen Sion Ti izial. For Choir a cappella. Performed by Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Conductor Jon Washborn. Ryerson United Church, Vancouver, Canada, 15.10.2010

Concert. Program:
- When I am sorrowful. For mixed Chorus and Piano.
Performed by Vancouver Waldorf High School Choir. Conductor Evgeny Shcherbakov.
Highland United Church, Vancouver, Canada, 25.05.2011

"Friday Night Live" Concert. Program:
Three Pieces for Piano:
— "Minutes"
— "Loneliness"
— "A ringing silence"
Performed by Evgeny Shcherbakov. Lynn Valley United Church, Vancouver, Canada,04.11.2011

IV International festival of contemporary music “Pictures at an Exhibition”. World premiere of the Cello Concerto Number Two for cello, bass voice and strings. Verses from Psalm 142 . Performed by Emil Rovner, cello=bass voice; chamber orchestra "The soloists of Nizhny Novgorod', Vladimir Onufriev, conductor. Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, 08.12.2012.

Cambridge Music Conference. World premiere of The Light of Michaelmas for piano. Performed by Evgeny Shcherbakov. Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver, Canada, 09.25.2015

On the Up-building Forces in Music. Easter Conference at the Goetheanum. European premiere of The Light of Michaelmas for piano. Performed by Evgeny Shcherbakov. Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, 04.15.2017

 

Publications

By Shcherbakov

- Notes about the R. Schedrin's orchestral style. The actual problems of musical education, issue 2, Nizhny Novgorod, 2001.

- "Noveletta" ( V. Lutoslavsky). The structure and timbre (sonoristic) dramatic composition of the 1st part. The actual problems of musical education, issue 3 Nizhny Novgorod, 2002

- The timbre (sonoristic) dramatic composition in "Self - portrait" ( R. Schedrin). The Russian culture in the young scientists' opinion, issue 10 S-Petersburg, 2002.

- The timbre (sonoristic) dramatic composition in "Noveletta" (V. Lutoslavsky). The question of composition and orchestration, Nizhny Novgorod, 2003.

- The arrangement and conducting of modern music festivals. Lecture on International forum of festival directors and Managers of new music organizations, Odessa, Ukraine, 2001.

On Shcherbakov

- “Who is Who in Nizhny Novgorod Region”, Nizhny Novgorod, 2000.

- “Composers and musicologists of Nizhny Novgorod”, Nizhny Novgorod, 2001.

- “Who is Who in Russia”, Moscow, 2006.

Press comments on Shcherbakov

"The music by Evgueni Chtcherbakov makes you cry and makes you happy".
Vladimir Klyenov "Nizhegorodskiye Novosti" February, 9, 1993

"How precisely echoed the music by Evgueni Chtcherbakov in the souls of listeners which have overcrowded the concert hall. It was not a composition on the topical subject, it was really contemporary, well recognizable searches, moral, spiritual impulse towards the lost ideal".
Vladimir Oskin, Nizhegerodskiye Novosti" June, 17, 1997 (from the review on the cello concerto)

"Both styles and epochs run into each other in his talented composition creating one unity".
Galina Zaitseva, "Nizhegorodskiye Novosti", June, 9, 1999 (from the review on the flute concerto)

"The art of the composer from Nizhny Novgorod Evgueni Chtcherbakov made a great impression on me. Lofty feelings and broad sonority of his deeply sincere piece called "Mood"(for violin and strings) captured the audience".
Taisia Zykova, "Vechernyaya Odessa", April, 20, 2000

"The music by Evgueni Chtcherbakov reminds us that God's time is not only the best but it is totally different from ours. This music teaches us to be gentle and to resist the temptation".
Nikolaus Cybinski, "Basel-Land", December, 5, 2000

“Among all heard during the passed festival I would like to point out the “Five spiritual chants” by Evgueni Chtcherbakov ( Russia), which strike by their inner depth, lucidity and sincerity.”
Iliy Ir, "Vechernyaya Odessa", April, 19, 2001 (from the article “New Music Festival Sights”)

- “Bad physical and psychological illnesses result for patients and people surrounding them into problem situations which cannot often be solved by traditional means of therapy. The “Five spiritual chants” by Evgueni Chtcherbakov, in which the composer touches upon the eternal questions of attitude to grief, people’s sufferings, the aim of life, of death can be used in treating diseases where traditional methods proved to be ineffective.”
Prof. Dr. Udo Rauchfleisch, “Prevention and Treating Diseases” (an extract from the report at the forum “Music and Medicine”, Basel, June, 6, 2002.

- “The composer Evgeny Shcherbakov is well - known around the world. His music is notable for great emotion and intensity. The religious themes sound again and again. One can hear bell - motif penetrating all through his creation”.
From the article “ Im musikalischen Dialog mit Bach und Mozart”, Schwarzwalder Bote, Calw, Germany, June, 18, 2004.

- The E. Shcherbakov's music paves the way to middle - european musical tradition in which the unlimited possibilities for improvisation are laid.
From the article “ Im musikalischen Dialog mit Bach und Mozart”, Schwarzwalder Bote, Calw, Germany, June, 18, 2004.

- “His creation is irreproachable connecting of the mind and heart. Stefan Abels noted his works as the best music from Russia for the last time”.
From the article “ Tiefe Einblicke in die Weite der russische Seele“, Schwarzwalder Bote, Calw, Germany, June, 21, 2004.

- “His emotional compositions is the fairy window into russian soul”.
From the article “Das Fenster zur russischen Seele”, Journal Calw, Calw, Germany, June, 25, 2004.

- „The cellist Emil Rovner brightened us all up with movements from the Nizhny Novgorod composer Evgeny Shcherbakov’s Trio for Two ( without piano) in which the debutante cellist revealed that he is also the proud possessor of a mellifluous, resonant true Russian bass voice. Emil Rovner accompanied himself on his cello whilst singing Gebet, a prayer, and then let his hair down for a riotous Tango which reflected the festival’s overall theme of Freedom and its Denial. A violinist appeared playing from the back of the hall, coming on stage to complete the Trio for Two; wild music, with Rovner’s uninhibited singing reflecting the miseries and tensions of Russia’s pre- 1918 social upheavals”.
From the article “ Music Theatre”, Alexa and Peter Grahame Woolf, Lucerne Festival, Lucern, Switzerland, September, 14- 18, 2004