Re-known artist of Russia, Composer, International cello performers Contest laureate (awarded the golden medal for the year 1992, Helsinki), Conductor, Yuri Aleksandrovich was born in 1936 in Odessa and got his musical formation in the famous P. Stolyarovsky musical school, afterwards, in Leningrad Conservatory where he studied two specialties: (1) cello play with professor A. Shtrimer, first, and then while on his post-graduate studies - with professor M. Rostropovich; (2) to be a composer, at a class of professor B. Arapov. Today Y.A.Falik is himself a professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory of N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov, of the composition and instrumentalist class, his career there has been more than 40 years on; in addition he is a professor of the Nizhegorod State Conservatory of M.I. Glinka. Among his students in "the Falik composition class" the ten are the members of the St. Petersburg Union of Composers (he is the member also). The graduates of his instrumentalist class are world-known conductors - V. Gergiyev, A. Chistyakov, E. Tsirlin, P. Lilye, I. Kozhukharov. Falik's work also includes-puff-opera "The pranks of Skapen" (after J.-B. Moliere), choreographic Tragedy "Orestea" (after Eschil), Light Symphony for an orchestra, Symphony for a string orchestra with percussions, First Orchestra Concert (after the legends on Til Ulengshpigel), Second Orchestra Concert - "Symphonic Etudes", Chamber Concert for Three Flutes and A String Orchestra, Concert for Violin and Orchestra, Concerto della Passione for cello and a symphony orchestra, "Requiem upon I. Stravinsky" ("Eulogy Music" for 4 trombones and the 16 strings), Concerts for "a cappella" choirs (on the verses of I. Severyanin, B. Pasternak, M. Tsvetaeva, A. Pushkin), Concert for brass and percussions "Skomorokhi", eight String Quartets, Quintet for Brass, Choir and Vocal Cycles. Among his very last big compositions are liturgy songs for solos and "a cappella" choir on psalms' texts (1992), Symphony #2 ("Cadish", 1993), Mass for solos, choir and a chamber orchestra (1996), "Elegies" - concert for soling soprano and "a cappella" choir on the verses of A. Akhmatova and N. Gumelev (2001), the Eighth Quartet (2001).
Yuri Falik compositions are widely performed and edited not only in Russia but in many foreign countries as well. In 1990 the symphony orchestra of Сhicago together with the Chicago Children's Choir staged Falik's premier of "Pollie and Dinozaurs", fairy-tale. The conductor was Yuri Falik himself.
In March of 1999 in Youngstown, in the Ohio state Saint-John Episcopal Cathedral, American premier of the Mass for solos, choir and a chamber orchestra under his own direction took place. Falik's many chamber and choir works has been performed both by European and American ensembles and choir groups. The composer's symphony work such famous conductors as -- E. Svetlanov, G. Rozhdestvensky, M. Yansons, V. Gergiyev, A. Dmitriyev, V. Yampolsky (USA), Mario di Bonaventura (USA), S. Edwards (Breat Britan) -- perform.
The composing work and pedagogy Falik successfully combines with conductor's activities in different cities of Russia and abroad. Besides his performances for the orchestras of various Russian cities during the 1991 - 1992 season, the composer worked as invited professor for the North-West University of Evanstown (IL, USA). In May of 2000 he conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during the concerts at the Third World Congress of Cello Players; the solos were the world leading performers.
Equal in professionalism is the performance of an orchestra under his direction of classics repertoire compositions - of the works of Haidne, Mozart, Brahms, Chaikovsky, Prokofeyev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, as well as of the 20th century music, composed of St. Petersburg modern authors- Berg, Lutoslavsky, Basner, Grinblat, Eshpai, B. Chaikovsky, P. Chaikovsky, and Falik's own works. Among the solos having performed with Falik are such outstanding musicians as N. Gutman, E. Virsaladze, A. Shtarkman, S. Stadler, D. Geringas (Germany), M. Alaverdyan, V. Vorner, KH. Chang (USA), A. Noras (Finland).
In 1999 Y.A. Falik was awarded Pushkin Golden Medal for his contribution to the dead of maintenance and enrichment of national cultural traditions.