Sergei Viktorovich Yekimov (*1974) — composer, conductor, member of the Russia Composers’ Union, 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, assistant professor of the Academic Choir at the faculty of the St. Petersburg Culture and Arts’ University.
Yekimov is the graduate of the St. Petersburg State N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, where he studied choir conducting (professor F. M. Kozlov, Honoured Art Worker of Russia) and composition (professor Yu. A. Falik, People’s Artist of Russia). Post-graduate education was completed by him in 2011 at the class of V. V. Uspensky.
During the period of 1993–2009 Yekimov directed the St. Petersburg Youth Choir.
Among his compositions there are choral and orchestral ones, instrumental and vocal ensembles, ecclesiastic and secular music a cappella, vocal cycles, piano and choral pieces for children, music to performances, choral arrangements of Russian folk songs, popular melodies, romances and variety music.
Yekimov’s opuses and transcriptions enjoyed popularity via Russia and all over the world: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Japan. Leading Russian choirs include his music to their stocks; it’s recorded on CDs, transmitted by radio and TV, published in Russia and abroad.
Choir music of the 20th–21st centuries was not once the topic of his master-classes. He was also the participant and chairman of the jury at different choral festivals and contests.
The Elegiac Music to the Memory of Yuri Falik (1936–2009) refers to 2009. It’s pierced with mourning, but high mood, sentimental motifs and romantic vision of the composer’s life as if through the cinematography.
The final part reminds of Falik’s chorus “The Unknown Lady” to A. Block’s verses.
The Elegiac Music was performed for the first time on March 5, 2010 in the Glazunov (Small) Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. The concert was called “Tribute to Teacher”. Among the performers were Ekaterina Krasko (soprano), Women’s Choir of the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Music College conducted by Sergei Yekimov, Chamber Orchestra of the Petersburg Conservatoire conducted by Alim Shakhmametyev and Sergei Yekimov (piano part).