Sergei Yekimov (*1974) — composer, conductor, member of the Russia Composers’ Union and Concert Workers’ Union of St. Petersburg, art director of the International Choral Art Festival “The Singing World”, art director and conductor of the Women’s Choir at the Choir-Conducting Department of the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Music College, art director of the Concert Choir of the Culture and Arts’ University, head of the concert practice and concert programmes department of the University.
The composition “Magnificat anima mea Domine” (“Let my soul praise thee, my lord”) refers to 2006 –2007. It was conceived for mutual concerts of the Kiev Youths and Boys Kapelle “Zvonochek” [“Little Bell”] and the Women’s Choir of the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Music College. All the concerts were timed to the jubilee of these groups, their establishment.
The world premiиre conducted by the composer himself took place in the Kiev Cathedral Church on May 8, 2007 at the International Choir Festival “Spring Kiev Sings”. The first performance in Russia dates August 1 of the same year. It was the State academic M. I. Glinka Kapelle at the International Choral Art Festival “The Singing World” conducted by Ruben Tolmachyov, director of the youths choir “Zvonochek”.