Yuri Tkachenko"The main feature of the musician is a strict and concerned attitude to the repertoire, his permanent urge towards perfection ..." - this is a definition of the main credo of Yuri Tkachenko, the conductor and musician.
A devoted graduate of the Moscow School (Yuri Tkachenko has graduated the classes of B. Demchenko of the Russian Gnessins Academy of Music) in the beginning of the 90th he arrived at the understanding to correct his professional views giving more and more preferences to what is called "Petersburg's School of Conductors". It happened to the artist when he was upgrading his professional skills in the class of the famous I. Musin. The future maestro will call this period later "my mastery universities". This is where the individual style, the personality of the conductor and the musician originated from.
The main feature which distinguishes the Honoured Artist of Russia Yuri Tkachenko to-day is his perfect skill and amazing flexibility in using different, sometimes even polar stylistic devises. Consciously keeping himself away from genre preferences and partialities of taste, proceeding only from the clearness of the performed style and his attitude to it the conductor demonstrates the astonishing professional universality which opens in front of him really unlimited artistic horizons. The laconic drawings of classic scores, the free romantic style, the clear-cut graphic of large-scaleoratorio frescos, jewellery reproduction of refined records of orchestra landscapes, everything is conducted by his fairy baton.
There are musical compositions of Russian and foreign classic composers, works of composers of the XX and XXI centuries in the repertoire portfolio of Yuri Tkachenko. The line of his fortune as of a conductor has multitude crossings of co-operation with the best Russian orchestras and soloists, such as the Honoured body of the Academic symphony orchestra of the Saint-Petersburg's academic Philharmonic Society named after Shostakovich headed by Yuri Temirkanov, the State academic bolshoi symphony orchestra named after Chaikovski headed by the Chief conductor V. I. Fedoseev, the Novosibirski academic symphony orchestra headed by A. Kats, pianists V. Ovchinnikov, and S. Tarasov, fiddlers V. Tretyakov and M. Fedotov, as well as other outstanding Russian and foreign creative persons.
In nearest years there are the plans to have joint concerts with National Symphony Orchestra (art director&chief conductor - V. Spivakov) at the stage of Moscow International Dom of Music. Y.Tkachenko will also go on his collaboration with Symphony Orchestras of Saint-Petersburg and Novosibirsk.
In the course of the last ten years Yuri Tkachenko has been working with the Russian symphony orchestra on a permanent base. This is the orchestra with whom the conductor usually goes on tours. A special place of destination of these tours is Japan.
Since 1998 the creative activity of the conductor has become a peculiar bridge between the two great national cultures: Russian and Japanese. Due to the initiative of Yuri Tkachenko the Russian audience got acquainted with the beautiful creation of the Japanese conductor Massao EnDo for syakuhati and a symphony orchestra in the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow conservatoire. In 2000 during the festival "Japanese Soul" ("NIHON-NO-KOKORO") other creations of Japanese composers were performed in the interpretation of the Russian conductor.
Yuri Tkachenko is a welcomed guest of many international festivals held in Japan. The recording of the music of a Japanese composer Kosuhito Kato for three performances ordered by the Tokyo theatre "Super Kabuki" has become a notable event in the relations of the conductor with musical culture of this country.
10 CDs have been recorded with the participation of the conductor.