Orchestra Department

Division of Woodwinds

The formation of the national school of wind instruments is connected with the pedagogic activities of V. Kharitonov, who headed in 1950–60s the united in those days Division of Wind and Percussion Instruments for almost twenty years. Upon subdivision in 1990 of the Division into two independent ones – the Wooden and also Copper and Percussion Instruments – the process of development of these specialities went on especially fruitfully and intensively. The head of the department from 1991 to September 2014 was Honoured Artist of Belarus, Doctor of Musicology, Professor B. Nichkov (oboe). Currently, the head of the department is Honoured Worker of Arts, Doctor of Cultural Science, Professor V. Skorokhodov (clarinet).

Today, the pedagogic work is carried out at the Division by Honoured Artist of Belarus, Professor V. Boudkevich (bassoon), Assistant Professors N. Avramenko (flute), I. Brichikov (clarinet). The graduates of the Division of Wooden Wind Instruments are notable for their high professionalism and essential creative achievements. Thus, the students of Professor B. Nichkov have successfully passed the most complicated selections for the positions of soloists in prestigious orchestras, namely: Igor Leschishin became a soloist of the symphony orchestra of the Washington National Opera, Yury Likin obtained position of a soloist at the Prague National Symphony Orchestra and Prague Wind Quintet. Six graduates of the Division have won the contest into the symphony orchestra of the city of Manaus (Brazil). Among the graduates of the Division are famous young musicians – laureates of international competitions Svetlana Serguiyenko, Victoria Tatur, Vassily Zakapets (oboe), Larissa Lasotskaya, Sergey Kortes, Victoria Drygina, Arsen Zamtaradze (flute), Alexei Vakoulenko, Vadim Ivanov (clarinet), Oleg Danik, Alexei Frolov, Alexander Mourzich (bassoon), saxophonist Alexei Khrouschov and others. The Division of Wooden Wind Instruments is carrying out active concert activities. During twenty five years the flute ensemble “Sirinx” has been successfully performing, whose constant director is Assistant Professor N. Avramenko.