A native of Odessa, Ukraine, Yuriy Vereshchagin began his musical studies at an Odessa Music School for Gifted Children at the age of six. He moved to the United States in 2002 where he studied in the Ioudenitch Academy of Music & Arts in Kansas City. In 2005, Mr. Vereshchagin was admitted into the Youth Conservatory for Music at Park University in Missouri. He graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance studying with the 2001 Van Cliburn Piano Competition gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University’s International Center for Music, where he held a full-tuition scholarship. Artists for whom he has performed in masterclasses include, Dmitri Bashkirov, Mykola Suk, Malcolm Bilson, Pillip Kawin, Boris Berman, Daria Rabotkina, William Grant Naboré, Fou Ts’ong, Sequeira Costa, and Dang Thai Son.

Mr. Vereshchagin has been a prolific performer in the Kansas City area, winning first prizes in the 2005 Independence Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2005 Baldwin Piano Award – Solo and Chamber divisions, as well as the 2006 Robert M. Spire Omaha Piano Competition, concerto category. He also won the Second Century Award in the 2013 Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Auditions, the Julia and Ferris Boutross Scholarship and ASU Special Talent Award Music Scholarship.

Mr. Vereshchagin received a Master's Degree with renowned professor of piano Robert Hamilton in 2019 at Arizona State University, and has made Arizona his home.

Email: yuriy@hammerandstrings.com