Oleksandr Tarasenko

Chairman of the National Uktainian Music Union Association “Ukrainian Choral Society named after Mykola Leontovych”, choirmaster of the National Opera of Ukraine, associate professor at the Conducting Department of the P. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy.

Merited Master of the Arts of Ukraine (1994). Winner of the Ukrainian Choral Competition named by M. Leontovich (Kyiv 1993, 2001), winner of the Ukrainian Choir Competition named after D. Sichinsky (Ivano-Frankivsk 2000).

Laureate of International Competitions:

1994 – XIII-th International Sacred Music Competition in Hainuwka, Poland (2nd Prize);

1996 – International Choir Song Competition in Szczecin, Poland (2nd Prize);

ANKARA POLIFONIK FEST International Choral Competition in Ankara, Turkey (3rd Prize);

1997 – International Choir Competition named after prof. G. Dimitrov in Varna, Bulgaria (2nd Prize, Award for Best Performance of required piece by Non-Bulgarian Choir, Diploma of the “Best Conductor of the Competition”);

1998 – International Choir Competition “Florilège Vocal de Tours” in Tours, France (3rd Prize);

1999 – participation in the International Festival “MILENIUM SAKRUM” in Valencia, Spain;

2001 – participation in the Ukrainian Festival of Sacred Song “FROM CHRISTMAS TO CHRISTMAS” in Dnipro;

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 – participation in the International Festival “CHRISTMAS CAROLS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD” in Krakow;

2003 – participation in the International “Happy Birthday, Handel” Festival in Halle, Germany; 2004 – participation in the International Choir Festival in Vaasa, Finland;

International European Competition for Cathedral Choirs in Amiens, France (3rd Prize);

2007 – participation in the Festival “Legnica Cantat 38” (Legnica, Poland) – participation in the Festival of Christian Music in Gdansk (Poland).

He graduated from the Rivne Music College and the Kyiv State Conservatory named after P.Tchaikovsky, specialty choral conducting (class of Professor, People’s Artist of Ukraine M. Krechko).

Olexandr Tarasenko’s art activity began in 1991 in Rivne, where he created and headed the “Resurrection” Bishops’ Choir of the Holy Resurrection Cathedral. Together with the “Resurrection” Choir O. Tarasenko became the Laureate of three Ukrainian and six International Competitions, he has been its permanent leader for 21 years.

Since 1992 he was a teacher of Rivne Music College. In 1997-2005 he was the head of the choral conducting department, conductor of the student choir of the College. 2005-2006 – Chief Conductor of the Choir of Students of the National Music Academy of Ukraine named after P.Tchaikovsky. From 2006 to 2011 he was the lecturer, and from 2010 – Associate Professor, Head of the Choral Conducting Department of Rivne State Humanities University. In April 2011 he was selected as a Director of the Rivne Regional Philharmonic.

Since September 2012, he has been the choirmaster of the National Opera of Ukraine.