In the choir since 2019
Vitaliy Zhdanov is a Candidate of Art History as well as an active choir conductor, singer, vocals teacher, and author of solfège textbooks for intensive studies of notation and sight-reading.
Vitaliy Zhdanov graduated with honours from the Schnittke music college and Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (department of choir conducting). In 2014, he completed his postgraduate studies at Moscow State Conservatory (department of history and theory).
He has extensive experience in working with choirs and vocal ensembles of varying professional levels: from youth troupes (the “Lastochki” choir, the senior choir of music classes at school №6 in Zhukovskiy, a choir ensemble course with students of the instrument department at “Vdokhnovenie” children’s art school) to
professional, semi-professional and amateur ensembles (the MSPU amateur choir, the Higher School of Economics choir, the student choir of the adults’ department at the Prokofiev music school) as well as church vocal ensembles (the school of sacred music of Martyr Tatiana’s Cathedral at MSU, the kliros of the Holy Trinity women’s monastery in Abkhazia).
Ensembles directed by Vitaliy Zhdanov have become laureates of numerous Russian and international competitions.
musicAeterna choir events
Andreas Moustoukis (b. 1971)
“Liturgy of St. Leontius” for mixed choir (2021)
Im Äther for mixed choir, 4 double basses, electronics, percussion and the ondes Martenot (2023, world premiere)
musicAeterna Choir and Orchestra Soloists
Conductor Vitaly Polonsky
MusicAeterna resident composer Andreas Moustoukis presents the result of his two-year work at Dom Radio. Together with the “Liturgy of St. Leontius”, fragments of which have been repeatedly heard in the concerts by the musicAeterna Choir, on June 6, the world premiere of his new composition – IM ÄTHER (“In Ether”) for mixed choir, 4 double basses, electronics, percussion and the ondes Martenot will take place. This is a micropolyphonic work based on the poems by Paul Celan interspersed with quotations from world cinema.
The author explains the essence of the new work as follows: “Im Äther (στον αιθέρα) is the need to breath out in the stratosphere were the gravitation is low and all the time is becoming one and a single moment of a crystal silence. The past, the present and the future stop to exist between then and now in a violent and compensating ‘why’, they just exist timelessly in the cosmic black as if they were small red shining dots of love, the tears of eternity.”
Photo: Selena Zhigulskaya