Russian countertenor Iurii Iushkevich was born in St Petersburg in 1997 and received voice lessons from the age of four onwards. He has won numerous prizes at major international vocal competitions. Thus, he won a first prize at the Elena Obraztsova Competition for Young Opera Singers in St Petersburg in 2012. In 2014 he won prizes at the ‘Crescendo’ International Music Competition in New York and at the vocal competition ‘Debut’ in Germany.
Iurii Iushkevich has performed at renowned music centres, including Carnegie Hall, the Leipzig Opera and the St Petersburg Philharmonic as well as the Main Auditorium of the Moscow Conservatory, the State Academic Capella St Petersburg and the Moscow Philharmonic. In 2018 he received a scholarship from the Lyra Foundation in Zurich, appearing as a soloist in concerts with the Bavarian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, at the Theater im Kurhaus in Freudenstadt and at the Abbey Concerts St Blasien in Baden-Württemberg.
Iurii Iushkevich studies with Enrico Facini at the Berlin University of the Arts. His repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Handel, Gluck, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov.
As a participant in the Young Singers Project, Iurii Iushkevich sings the roles of Hippogryph and Astolfo in Marius Felix Lange’s children’s opera Der Gesang der Zauberinsel at the 2019 Salzburg Festival.