Yuri Zaidenberg, born in Kiev, Ukraine, began playing violin at the age of seven. After studies with professor Valery Klimov, a disciple of David Oistrakh, at the Moscow Conservatory, 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), Turkmen National Conservatory (University), and the Special Music School for Gifted Children.
Since coming to Canada in 1991, he is much in demand as a concert soloist, also performing in various chamber music groups and as a member of several orchestras.
He has invited to perform and teach on International Music Festivals in South America, Blue Lake Music Festival (Michigan, US), InterHarmony Music Festival (Germany) and other festivals where he served as a recitalist, concertmaster, faculty member and has given masterclasses.
Mr. Zaidenberg has completed his project to present the Canadian premiere of the complete works for violin and piano by Alfred Schnittke (Russia). He is a founder, artistic director and performer of the «Russian Musical Heritage Series» concerts, representing variety of Russian classical and contemporary music.
In spite of very active performing life Yuri Zaidenberg 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 very busy and successful pedagogical career.
His students take a part in different music festivals and competitions in Canada. They won more than 200 awards and scholarships. Students perform as a soloists with orchestra, participate in a different concerts, festivals, achieve success in Royal Conservatory of Music exams (Silver Medals and high marks) as well continue their musical careers in universities.
In the various positions Mr. Zaidenberg has held such as 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 the skills which allow him to use many different pedagogical approaches in his work.
Since moving to British Columbia, Canada in 2006, Yuri joined the faculties of Langley, Richmond Music Schools and Vancouver International School of Music (Richmond, B.C.). He maintains his private violin studio in White Rock where he resides.
Yuri frequently performs in various concerts and musical occasions in B.C. and serves as an adjudicator of competitions and festivals throughout the Greater Vancouver Area.