Meet Our Musicians: Yuri Tomenko, Viola

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Violist Yuri Tomenko was born in Stavropol, Russia. He received his first musical training when he was six years old at the Youth Music School #1 in Stavropol, where he studied violin with Victoria Tolkacheva. He then continued his violin studies with Igor Pisarev at the Stavropol State School of Arts. As per Mr. Pisarev’s  ecouragement, Mr. Tomenko also began studying viola, which eventually became his sole instrument of choice. After three years of study under Igor Pisarev, he moved to the USA on scholarship to Washington Adventist University, where his viola teacher was Victor Yuzefovich. Mr. Tomenko further continued his studies with Stephen Wyrczynski at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Master’s degree in viola performance.

Mr. Tomenko’s appearances on mass media include CBS’ nationally-broadcasted celebration of Leon Fleisher’s Kennedy Center Award performing with Jonathan Biss under the baton of Jaime Laredo. He also performed in orchestral and chamber settings as well as a soloist on the Hope Channel TV network with more than one billion viewers reach, and on Jamaican National television as a member of CUC String Quartet.

Currently, Mr. Tomenko is the principal violist of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Past principal positions held were with Apollo Orchestra and the New England Symphonic Ensemble (5 and 11 years, respectively).

Notable musicians with whom Mr. Tomenko has performed include Marin Alsop, Jorge Mester, Andrew Litton, Jaime Laredo, Stefan Jackiw, Meng Su, Jonathan Biss, Manuel Barrueco, Arnaud Sussmann, Gilles Apap, John Rutter and Elmar Oliveira.

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Mr. Tomenko has performed at some of the most well-known venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Concert Hall and Opera House at Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, among many others.

Some of the orchestras which Yuri Tomenko has performed with also include Arlington Philharmonic, New England Symphonic Ensemble and Baltimore Symphony. Mr. Tomenko has concertized throughout the US, Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and Central America.

In 2018, Mr. Tomenko founded Refractions String Quartet as a platform for professional musicians to enrich their chamber music experiences. He and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their first child in April 2019.