Yevgeni Avramenko, titular organist at the Cathedral
Born in Moscow, Yevgeni Abramenko graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory majoring in organ and piano. He won the 2003 International Organists’ Competition in Minsk and the 1st All-Russia Organists’ Competition (Kaliningrad, 2012). He was a soloist at the Khabarovsk Krai Philharmonic (2004–05), a professor at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria (2005–12), and head organist at the Latinate Church of St. Anthony in Damascus (2005–08). He was decorated with a special award For Contributing to the Development of Arts and Culture in the Syrian Arab Republic. He was the founder of the Principal.su Organ Community, Russia’s largest online portal dedicated to organ music. He is a member of the Organists and Organ Builders Association of the Russian International Union of Musicians. He became a titular organist at the Cathedral in 2017.
Mansur Yusupov, titular organist at the Cathedral
Born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Mansur Yusupov studied the organ at the Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatory, classes of R. K. Abdullin (interpretation) and L. V. Labzina (chamber ensemble). He completed his studies at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, organ class of D. F. Zaretsky. Winner of the Anastasia Braudo Special Prize at the 2nd I. A. Braudo International Organists’ Competition (St. Petersburg, 2014). Grand Prix winner at the 17th Gatchina–St. Petersburg Open Festival Competition (2014). Grand Prix winner at the 3rd Russian-Polish Organists’ Competition “VOX POLONICA PETROPOLITANA” (2017). Second prize and people’s choice award winner at the 10th Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (Kaliningrad, 2017). In 2017, Mansur Yusupov became a titular organist at the Cathedral