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Dr. Vitaly Kutsenko

Conductor, arranger, teacher

Conductor, arranger, teacher
Dr. Vitaly Kutsenko
Conductor, arranger, teacher.

Vitaly Kutsenko is a third generation representative of the Leningrad School of Conducting.

He received his PhD degree from the Kazan State Conservatory under Professor Natan Rakhlin in 1976.

His teachers, at the Leningrad State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, were in different years Professor Nikolai Semyonovich Rabinovich and Issai Ezrovich Sherman. His teachers at the Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad State Conservatoire were Professor Nikolai Semyonovich Rabinovich and Issai Ezrovich Sherman, who had once graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatoire with Nikolai Malko and Alexander Gauk (pupils of the founders of the Russian school of conducting - N. Cherepnin and F. Motl).

In 1969, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR, the maestro was sent to Yoshkar-Ola to organize a new Musical Theatre of the Mari Republic, which later became the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of MARIY-El.
Kutsenko surname historical background
A derivative of the surname "Kutses" is a surname that is not very common in Russia. In historical documents, the namesakes were noble people from the Russian Moscow and Novgorod merchants and clergy in the 17th and 18th centuries, who had some power. Historical roots can be found in the register of the Census of All Russia during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. The sovereign kept a special list of privileged and euphonious surnames, which were given to those close to him only in case of praise or encouragement. The sovereign's decree stipulated that "this surname could not be changed until the end of the reign of the tsar and his dynasty". Thus, the surname "Kutse" has retained its original meaning and is rare.
Instrumental Performance (Horn)
Kharkiv Conservatory
Professor Yakustidi
Leningrad (Sankt-Petersburg) Conservatory
Professor Rabinovich & Professir Sherman
Postgraduate studies
Kazan Conservaroty
Professor Rakhlin
Ph.D. degree in music
After the conducting exam.
From left to right: Prof. Vidulina, Prof. Zlobinsky
Students - Vlasenko, Kutsenko
  • Since 1977 - Chief Conductor of the M. Jalil State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Kazan, where in 1982 he founded the now world-famous Fyodor Chaliapin International Opera Festival.
  • Since 1982 he has been Principal Conductor of the Tomsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, where he has performed a series of concerts - "All Beethoven"; author's concerts by Oleg Yanchenko, People's Artist of Russia, organist and composer; for the first time in the USSR he performed Walton's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with soloist, People's Artist of Russia Yuri Bashmet.
  • Since 1986 he headed the symphony orchestra of the Kharkov Regional Philharmonic where, among other performances with outstanding musicians of the former USSR and CIS, he realized the idea of the first performance in Kharkov region of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony with the participation of the author of the text, poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
  • Since 1985 he has been a permanent conductor of the international competitions named after N.Lysenko, V.Horovets, V.Krainev.
  • In 1997 he initiated "Promenade-concerts" in Kharkov.
Worked with orchestras:
  • State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR;
  • State Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television of Romania;
  • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra;
  • Leipzig Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra;
  • Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra of the USA, and others.

The maestro's touring activities have taken him to over 200 cities. Among the countries where the maestro has demonstrated his art of conducting are Russia, USA, Germany, Poland, Holland, France, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium.
Anniversary concert in the Hall of the Lysenko Kharkiv National Opera and Ballet Theater
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony 4
Virtuosi Sloboda Orchestra
Conducted by Vitaly Kutsenko
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