A New York-based violinist and composer Andrii Didorenko was born in Dnipro, Ukraine, to a family of professional violinists. Andrii took his first violin lessons with his parents and made his debut with an orchestra at the age of 10. He earned his graduate and postgraduate degrees from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Camerata Chamber Orchestra. From 1999 to 2004, Andrii lived in Taiwan where he taught, performed, and debuted as a composer. Since moving to New York in 2006, Andrii performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. Most of his works have been premiered, published, and recorded in the US; among his compositions are virtuoso pieces for solo violin, a double concerto, various chamber works, and student pieces. Since the start of the war, he has written several pieces inspired by Ukrainian folk music.
A Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduate, Yuliya Basis is a sought-after collaborative pianist and educator. She has appeared in recitals at numerous New York City venues as well as abroad, and serves on the piano faculty of the United Nations International School and the British International School. Yuliya and Andrii formed their violin and piano duo in 2002. Since then, they have performed in the US, Taiwan, Russia, and Ukraine, and released two albums, Go 4 Sonatas (2008) and Intervals (2013), featuring Andrii’s classical works. They have also toured with Andrii’s contemporary rock fusion ensemble, Lost World Band, which has released several critically acclaimed albums. Since February 24, 2022, the duo participated in many fundraising events to aid Ukraine. Read a review of their recent Ukrainian Anthology performance here