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Bogdan Nesterenko

Concert accordion

Bogdan Nesterenko was born in Ukraine and began to learn the accordion when he was seven. He later studied with V. Razdovarova, E. Vachtchenko, A. Nazarenko and I. Snedkov, well-known accordionists of the Sovient school. In 1997 he entered the Music Conservatory of Kharkov, where he was awarded advanced degrees in accordion, conducting, analysis, composition and chamber music. He also studied the piano there. Since 2001 Bogdan Nesterenko has been a soloist with the Regional Philharmonic Orchestra of Charkov, and also plays in a variety of ensembles in Kharkov and Kiev.

He was a prizewinner in several international accordion competitions, and has recorded two solo CDs (Bogdan Nesterenko in 2004 and Baroque Accordion in 2005) as well as another recording with a Ukrainian traditional music ensemble (“Melana”, 2005).

Bogdan Nesterenko has lived in Lille since 2006, and gives numerous recitals in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Ukraine. Some of them are entirely devoted to baroque music, which is unusual for an accordionist. He also performs contemporary music, and took part in the first performance of O. Yagoubi’s Concerto des deux mondes for accordion and symphony orchestra.

He has also premiered several works for vocal ensemble and accordion by M. Bourbon, three concertos for accordion and wind band by C. Hache, and S. Fache’s concerto for accordion and big band.

He also plays in two duos. With the violinist Stefan Stalanowski (super-soloist of the Orchestre national de Lille) he specializes in the 19th-century Slavic repertoire, and he and the balalaika player Micha Tcherkassky create an extraordinary Russian atmosphere in their duo.

Since 2009 he has been touring France with the mezzo-soprano Donatienne Milpied in a show entitled Les Dessous d’une cantatrice. Bogdan Nesterenko also collaborates with the vocal ensemble “Coeli et Terra”, conducted by Maurice Bourbon; the Annesci Quartet and guest pianist A. Raës; the organist S. Dobrakowski; and with the bandoura player A. Bystrichenko. He has recorded songs by Pierre-Jean de Béranger with the singer J. Fages, and took part in the recording of the sound track of Gagarinland, playing original music by N. Debard. He plays a Russian “Jupiter” accordion, whose rich array of timbres and numerous registers allow for an extremely wide range of musical possibilities.

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