Yuri Zaidenberg was born in Kiev, Ukraine.He began playing violin at the age of seven. After post-graduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Professor Valery Klimov, a disciple of world well-known violinist David Oistrakh, he appeared in many concerts and on radio and television throughout the former Soviet Union. Before leaving his native land he held teaching positions at the Rachmaninov State Conservatory (University),Russia, Turkmen National Conservatory (Un-ty) and the Special Music School for Gifted Children,Turkmenian Republic.
Since coming to Toronto, Canada in 1991,he was much in demand as a concert soloist, also performing in various chamber music groups and as a concertmaster and member of several orchestras. He was invited on two International Music Festivals in South America (Bolivia), Blue Lake Music Festival (Michigan,USA), InterHarmony International Music Festival (Germany) and International Music Festival in Gulangyu (Xiamen, China) and served as a concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra, soloist, chamber ensemble musician and as a teacher also giving many masterclasses. Mr. Zaidenberg presented the Canadian premiere of complete works for violin and piano by Russian contemporary composer Alfred Schnittke. He was a founder, artistic director and performer of the “Russian Musical Heritage Series” concerts, representing a variety of Russian classical and contemporary music. He released CD with rarely performed violin sonatas by J. Brahms and the “Quasi una Sonata” by A. Schnittke which received high critical acclaim for original interpretive insight and impressive performance.
As well as enjoying active performing life Yuri Zaidenberg has achieved great success as a violin and viola teacher and chamber ensemble coach. His more than 35 years of teaching experience helps him to maintain a very busy and successful pedagogical career. His students take a part in music festivals and competitions across the Canada and world.They have won hundreds of awards and scholarships, performed in a different venues from Carnegie Hall in New York to local concert halls, were soloists with orchestras and played in chamber ensemble groups, participated in National and International Music Competitions and Festivals and achieved success in Royal Conservatory of Music exams with high marks and Gold Medals and continued their musical education in the universities.
In the various positions Mr. Zaidenberg has held such as a professor of violin, lecturer of violin methods and pedagogy and Head of a scientific research laboratory of music performance and education of the university, he has acquired skills which allow him to use many different pedagogical approaches and methods in his work including the traditions and innovations of famous European and Russian Violin Schools, educational and music psychology and personal teaching experience. Yuri is a certified specialist in violin (all grades) of the Royal Conservatory of Music and certified Suzuki violin teacher.
Since moving to British Columbia, Canada, Yuri joined faculties of Richmond and Langley Music Schools and recently VSO School of Music. He lives and maintains his private violin studio in White Rock B.C., performs concerts and serves as an adjudicator of competitions and festivals.